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Like Solomon Northup, Esther could not reveal her true identity.
Purim is the opportune time to work on piercing through the darkness and strengthen your connection to God.
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.
Independent sources confirm many of the major and minor characters of the Bible.
Dressing modestly states: I am defined by who I am inside, not by what I look like on the outside.
Purim teaches us to appreciate the world's awesome beauty, amidst so much chaos and horror.
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.
December 29, 2013
January 2, 2014 6:51 PM
Feeling important vs. being important...
I am a scientist and have no comment on how 'good' or not that I am in my profession, however I have found in my many years working in labs and universities, that those who are truly great at their work are usually the most approachable and the most humble about 'tooting their horn'. It seems that who need to let people know how important they are, are usually not... The truly great don't feel the need to expose themselves. On Shabbos, I am much happier if I can fit in and just be a person instead of dwelling on what I do the rest of the week. After all, it is all a gift from Hashem, and for us to take credit, seems arrogant...
December 30, 2013 8:20 PM
that the doctor, despite his apparent prestige, didn't try to impress you with stories of his medical skills or fame.
December 29, 2013 11:59 PM
A great reminder
I think that sometimes Jews put more emphasis on their jobs than non-Jews do - "the doctor", "the lawyer", "the accountant". I absolutely love Shabbat as a guilt-free break from the rest of the week. I truly believes it keeps me alive.
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Rabbi Tzvi Sytner is a rabbi at the Jewish Renaissance Experience in Scarsdale, NY.
Exploring the mystical underpinnings of this misunderstood concept.
Where did Mordechai’s get the strength to sit for 10 years outside the palace?
Yes, it does make a difference.
Get in the Purim mood with this fun music video celebrating miracles.
His thinking on Iran, Palestinians and reaching a peace deal.
The origin and meaning of some of the most common Jewish names for girls.
Me and a 2000 pound bull who’s trying to gore me? Have we lost our sense of self in a selfie world?
It’s not enough to just show up. Inspiration takes work.