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The Fast of Esther and the Spiritual Art of War

The well-known holiday of Purim celebrates the victory of the Jews in Persia over their murderous enemies, as told in the book of Esther. It is a festive day of parties, songs, treats, and feasting. The day leading up to Purim is a bit different, however. Observant […]

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Place the Bible on the Land of the Bible

Place the Bible on the Land of the Bible

My brother Steven Lancaster is a historical geographer and cartographer of the land of Israel. In other words, he makes maps of Israel and teaches about how the stories in the Bible fit onto the land of Israel. It’s a great job if you can get into […]

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Birds of a Feather: Haman, Amalek, and Shabbat Zachor

One of the central customs of the festival of Purim is the reading of the book of Esther. This is done both on Erev Purim and in the morning during the Shacharit prayer service. Anyone who has ever participated in this custom knows that participants are not […]

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Candle-Lighting Times