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Apocalypse of Esther

Purim is around the corner. Time to start thinking about the story of Esther, Mordechai, and the reprehensible Haman. But there’s more to the story than you might suspect. The story of Purim tells about the exile of the Jewish people and Satan’s war against the people […]

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Adar and the Search for Joy in a Discontented World

This is the beginning of the month of Adar. There is a Jewish saying about this month that tells us, “When Adar comes in, joy increases.” The Talmud says, “Just as joy is decreased at the beginning of the month of Av, joy increases at the beginning […]

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The Money Sabbath

The Sabbath coming this week is Shabbat Shekalim. That means “Sabbath of the Shekels,” or, loosely translated, it might be rendered as “The Money Sabbath.” Don’t worry. It’s not a fundraiser, and synagogues don’t pass offering plates. Strict Sabbath-keepers don’t handle money at all on the Sabbath. […]

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