Pop's Megillah

Did my grandfather realize that his proud and sturdy Megillat Esther would 100 years later be treasured by his grandson whom he would never meet?

Remember Amalek

A lesson on Divine Providence in memory of the fallen Torah students of Mercaz HaRav, hy"d.

When God Hides His Face

Even when the situation appears bleak, God is still there behind the scenes, pulling the strings.

Purim and Nature

Understanding the Hebrew word "teva" sheds light on the story of Purim.

Purim: Best Director

Scorsese move over. Purim reminds us who is really sitting in the director's chair.

Opportunity of a Lifetime

Perhaps this is the 'big moment' you were created for.

Today's Hero

Queen Esther shows us how we can all be heroes.

Esther's Echo to the Past

Fascinating connections between Esther and the biblical figures of Sarah, Joseph and Saul.

The Two Sides of the Purim Mask

Exploring the Purim/Yom Kippur contrast.

Purim: Serious Joy

Exploring four central themes of Purim.

Purim in the Valley of Tears

For a brief instant, the dreadful reality of the SS death camp had been forgotten, all the hunger and suffering had receded.

Darkness Before the Dawn

Purim teaches us how to trust God even when engulfed in darkness and doubt.

Redemption by Reversal

Unlocking the mystery behind Purim's unique, mystical redemption.

A Tale of Two Megilot

In an apartment in Jerusalem, there reside two Scrolls of Esther that tell a story of exile and escape, hope and failure.

Stalin and the Purim Present

A new book reveals that Stalin met his fate poised to launch a post-Holocaust holocaust of his own.

Gulf War Miracles

Saddam Hussein, a "reincarnated Babylonian king," ended his evil plan to kill the Jews with a Purim miracle.

Esther's Hidden Strength

Esther was a lonely orphan who developed within herself the unusual qualities of piercing through veils and touching all hearts.

The Villainy of Vashti

The character of Queen Vashti in the Purim story helps us define what it means to be a hero or a villain.

Remembering Amalek

Amalek had a vested interest in attacking the Jewish people, whose very existence proved the existence of God to the world.

Becoming a Holy Drunk

It seems a bit funny, but getting drunk on Purim can be a spiritual experience.

The Doubting Heart

Purim changed our relationship to God from being driven by fear to being driven by love.

Purim Metamorphosis: A Fable

One Purim, I woke up as a turtle. Now how would you feel if you found yourself transformed into a turtle?

Purim and Winning the Lottery

Purim's jackpot teaches that all of life is rigged.

Drink 'Till You...

L'chaim! What's behind the unique mitzvah of getting drunk on Purim?

Purim Vs. Yom Kippur

Purim is holier than Yom Kippur? They didn’t teach that in Hebrew school!

Mystical Insights of Adar

Every Jewish month has its unique kabbalistic power. "Conquering your enemies" is the opportunity of Adar.

Seventh of Adar

Haman picked this day as the best time to plot the destruction of the Jewish people. His calculations left out one crucial thing...

From Shushan to Jerusalem

Purim is the time of sudden reversal, a time to prepare for the rebuilding of eternal Jerusalem.

Discovering Jewish Identity

When the Jews attended the king's party, they thought it was all just a "good time". Or was it a slap in the face of Jewish culture and tradition?

Haman: Heir to Amalek

Amalek, the nation that personified evil, insisted that God was absent in the world and everything happened by chance.

Principles of the Soul: #7 - Purim, Soul and Your Role in History

Purim teaches us that nothing is random, and that every soul has a role to play in the Divine tapestry called history.

Queen Esther and the Nazis

I never doubted that the God who watched over my grandmother in Nazi Germany would watch over me as well.

Purim Masks and Gas Masks

Just when my son thought the Purim fun was over, his eyes sparkled at the thought of a donning a different kind of mask and starting a new Purim again.

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