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Purim is the opportune time to work on piercing through the darkness and strengthen your connection to God.
Like Solomon Northup, Esther could not reveal her true identity.
Children went from being our employees to our bosses, replacing responsibility with entitlement.
The Arabs of Egypt are screaming for the rights that the Arabs in Israel already have.
Eighteen years after a series of deadly terror attacks leading up to Purim, a unique quilt helped stitch together broken hearts.
My groovy, let's-all-make-aliyah theme song that describes the various major redemption moments of the past century.
Matthew McConaughey and finding God in mysterious places.
Where is our shame?
Our eldest son is acting out in strange ways. Is this a passing phase or a cry for help?
Sometimes it is through the darkness that we can bring out our greatest light.
How to find God.
There’s an Esther, Haman and Mordechai in all of us.
How to bring more love and joy into your own marriage.
It’s Purim time, is everyone happy? If not, try these tools with your kids.
If it is, here’s an important Purim silver lining.
Three keys to peering into the soul of the person you’re dating.
Although they mean well, these three words are like a knife digging deeper into my heart.
7 tips on how to really thrive while being single.
Delve into some mind-boggling concepts in this exploration of the Jewish definition of God.
Read each word carefully... and all its secrets will be within your grasp.
Is God needed to create the universe?
Practical and relevant insights on the weekly parsha.
Advanced-level midrashic and Kabbalistic illuminations on the weekly parsha.
Lessons, stories and discussion questions for parents and kids.
An in-depth video series exploring Esther’s true role in the Purim story.
Watch the Purim story come alive.
Amazing infographic to SHARE with your friends and family about Judaism's most fun holiday.
Summing up the Purim holiday: They tried to kill us, we won, let’s eat.
You voted for the three best jokes of the year and here they are!
With the Sochi Olympics now over, let’s go back 100 years and imagine what a Russian “Olympics” in these shtetls would have really looked like.
Are you surprised to hear an Academy Award winning actor thank God so publicly?
Purim and your unique role in life.
A big picture overview capturing the meaning and joy of the holiday.
The only failure is not trying.
January 9, 2010
January 12, 2010 6:50 PM
Need for Jewish unity; One Kol Yisrael
January 12, 2010 5:28 PM
well pretty often
On the lighter side: So, I did my perpetually late brother a favor and drove like a madwoman to try to help him catch a train. Naturally he got to the platform in just enough time to have the automatic doors slide shut right in his face. He storms back to the car muttering in his best tongue-in-cheek yiddish accent, "Mamesh an AntiSemit!" This is obviousl;y a "Woody." But on the darker side, also known as reality, this so-called pranoia is, as they say in Brooklyn, "Not for nothin." HOw many thousands of years has it been now? Of betrayal and persecution by our so-called neighbors? And to remind you , these earstwhile friendly neighbors- always from cultures considered advanced in societal norms, civility and culture no matter what the actual year was - had nothing but goodwill in mind...but this included before, during and also after their attitude would change and the cruelty would set in. THis is sadly what our Galus minds have been conditioned to understand and expect from our host cultures. While for certain there are so many heroes and true friends that pull through for us from the gentile world, individually and nationally, the principle stated by Shlomo Hamelech (King Solomon) remains too true:"There is nothing new under the sun." History repeats itself. Therefore, the dictum from the Tlmud: "Kabdeihu Vechashdeihu" (Respect him but suspect him") remains good advice.
January 12, 2010 3:53 PM
Suspicious no, create opportunities
While I do list AH as one of my all time favorite moves, in your home neighborhood...create opportunities to help others learn about you, your beliefs, etc. Suspicion suggests threat. Openness creates opportunities.
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