Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Very soon Jews all over the world will celebrate the festival of Purim. Our Temple was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon, and we were exiled to Babylon and Persia (modern day Iraq and Iran). Haman ascended to power under the Persian Empire and was at the peak of his political influence and wealth.  As we know, Haman hatched a plot to destroy all the Jewish people, something with ...

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The Jewish Calendar

As we approach Passover, Pesach, the concept of the Jewish calendar comes to mind. In fact, the first commandment the Jews were given as a nation was to celebrate Passover in spring, and to count the months of the calendar from Passover based on the monthly cycles of the moon. So I think this is an appropriate time to talk about Jewish time. Measuring and marking the passage of time is ...

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Exile

As we are no preparing for Passover, of course, we begin to think about the exile in Egypt and about exile in general. When one becomes familiar with the Torah and with Judaism, one will observe that exile features frequently in the Torah. Adam and Eve are exiled from the Garden of Eden, Cain is exiled, Abraham has to go into exile in Egypt and Jacob and his sons also ...

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The Hidden Hand of G-d – Purim 2016

Although it became part of the Bible, known in English as the Book of Esther, the account of the Purim events never mentions the name of God, though there are veiled allusions.  This surprising omission actually reflects a central theme of the Purim holiday.  On Purim we celebrate the fact that the hand of God guides us, even at times when we do not see open miracles or obvious Divine ...

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