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Called by the Name “Jew”

As Purim approaches the Jewish people prepare yet again to remember a time of redemption and salvation. We remember “the Holocaust that never happened,” wishing, of course, that the same could be said of the Holocaust that did happen, when Germany annihilated two-thirds of Europe’s Jewry in […]

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The Enactments of Mordecai and Esther

On Purim, some people wear costumes. Some people put on plays or shows. Almost everybody eats hamantaschen (triangle shaped cookies with filling inside). And yet, while these customs are widely observed, none of them are biblical commandments. However, Jewish tradition today holds that there are four biblical […]

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The Jews and All Who Joined Them: A Purim Celebration for All Nations

One of the benefits of the Jewish yearly scriptural reading cycle is that each time we read through a text we seem to always discover something new. Whether it’s the first time or the hundredth time, almost without exception I discover something I have never seen before. […]

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