Eat, Drink and Be Merry – We Almost Died

As we approach Purim, I cannot resist talking about this beautiful festival.  It is one of two festivals of the winter, Chanukah and Purim.  While the events of Chanukah were principally a threat to our spiritual survival, Purim recalls a threat to the physical existence of the Jewish people.  Haman attempted to physically destroy every Jewish man, woman and child.  We celebrate our deliverance from this threat with mitzvot that ...

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Chapped Hands and the Temple

We are approaching spring, hopefully, but as winter continues one of the things that I have been thinking about is chapped skin. Yes, my hands get very rough and chapped.  I use a hand cream on them, but, when I put on my tie I can actually feel the fabric catching on my skin.  I cannot help thinking that one of the reasons my hands are chapped is because as ...

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The Month of Miraculous Jewish Survival

We are currently in the month of Adar I, and will celebrate Purim in about a month, during Adar II.  Rashi tells us that the season of miracles and redemption culminating in Passover begins at the beginning of the month of Adar.  This is why the Talmud tells us that “When Adar begins one should increase their happiness.”  I believe that the miracle of Purim is really the ongoing miracle ...

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