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12 Years a Slave & Esther

12 Years a Slave & Esther

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Like Solomon Northup, Esther could not reveal her true identity.

Purim and Serendipity

Purim and Serendipity

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How to find God.

The Hidden Story of Queen Esther: A Video Series

The Hidden Story of Queen Esther: A Video Series

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A startling 6-part series that reveals the profound relevance of Purim.

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actor

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And the Oscar goes to Mordechai…. and you!

Purim & the Last Laugh

Purim & the Last Laugh

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What is the meaning of laughter?

Every Inch Counts

Every Inch Counts

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Sometimes one inch can lead to a mile. Purim shows us how.

Where Is God?

Where Is God?

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Purim’s focus on remembering reveals the answer.

Purim’s Non-Heroes

Purim’s Non-Heroes

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The marked inactivity of the Purim story’s main characters holds the key to the story.

Purim’s Wakeup Call

Purim’s Wakeup Call

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Purim is unfolding again right before our very eyes. How can we go about business as usual?

Purim and Iran

Purim and Iran

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Startling parallels between ancient Persia and Israel’s predicament today.

Purim and the Masks We Wear

Purim and the Masks We Wear

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The deeper meaning behind dressing up in costumes on Purim.

It’s All Good

It’s All Good

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Understanding why we get intoxicated on Purim.

Modern Miracles

Modern Miracles

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Coincidence is God's way of choosing to remain anonymous.

Purim and Spain's Hidden Jews

Purim and Spain's Hidden Jews

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Why Purim best expressed their loyalty to their Jewish heritage.

How Not To Stop Intermarriage

How Not To Stop Intermarriage

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Haman hits the bull's-eye of this perplexing Jewish problem.

Purim and Nature

Purim and Nature

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

Purim: On the Brink

Purim: On the Brink

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How far would you go to save your child?

Opportunity of a Lifetime

Opportunity of a Lifetime

by Aliza Kramer

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

Remembering Amalek

Remembering Amalek

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

Purim: Serious Joy

Purim: Serious Joy

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Exploring four central themes of Purim.

Today's Hero

Today's Hero

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Queen Esther shows us how we can all be heroes.

Esther's Echo to the Past

Esther's Echo to the Past

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

Remember Amalek

Remember Amalek

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

The Two Sides of the Purim Mask

The Two Sides of the Purim Mask

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Exploring the Purim/Yom Kippur contrast.

Esther's Hidden Strength

Esther's Hidden Strength

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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 Villainy of Vashti

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

Becoming a Holy Drunk

Becoming a Holy Drunk

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

The Doubting Heart

The Doubting Heart

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

Purim Metamorphosis: A Fable

Purim Metamorphosis: A Fable

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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 and Winning the Lottery

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

Drink 'Till You...

Drink 'Till You...

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

Purim Vs. Yom Kippur

Purim Vs. Yom Kippur

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

Mystical Insights of Adar

Mystical Insights of Adar

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

Seventh of Adar

Seventh of Adar

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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

From Shushan to Jerusalem

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

Discovering Jewish Identity

Discovering Jewish Identity

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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

Haman: Heir to Amalek

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

The Deeper Meaning of Hamentaschen

The Deeper Meaning of Hamentaschen

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Rising above evil on Purim.

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

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

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