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From Prophets to Process: Purim Ponderings

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President, Hebrew College
March 4, 2015

Rabbi Zadok Hakohen of Lublin (1823-1900) traces the development of the Oral Law to the time of Purim. The basic founding of the Oral Torah began with the men of the Great Assembly … in that generation lived the last prophets … for with the demise of that generation prophecy was stopped up and the […]

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More Than One Thing: Purim and Reflections of the Image of God

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Ki Tissa, Exodus 30:11 - 34:35
Dean, Rabbinical School
March 4, 2015

Megillat Esther, which we read on the holiday of Purim this week, is a flamboyant, even farcical tale of good and evil. Its characters on the face of it are caricatures of human virtue and vice: Achashueras, the foolish king who sits on the throne but exercises no true leadership or authority; Haman, the sinister power […]

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Remembering the Future: Memories of the Heart

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Tetzaveh, Exodus 27:20-30:10
February 25, 2015

This Shabbat, the weekly Torah portion, Tetzaveh, embraces the consecration of the priesthood to God, and the special designated Torah reading for the Shabbat prior to Purim, known as Shabbat Zachor, commands us to remember/not forget our encounter with Amalek, who sought to destroy us. A kaleidoscope of voices and texts construct and reconstruct our […]

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Matanot L’Evyonim – Giving and Receiving on Purim

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Co-Director of the Beit Midrash, Rabbinical School
February 18, 2015

Adar is here! Purim, with all its joy and merriment, is on its way.   As someone who was passed over when the gene that appreciates alcoholic beverages was dispensed, I find Purim, and the way it is widely celebrated, perplexing. Looking for the Divine in Purim can be difficult. We have a meal with no […]

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Laverne Cox’s Brave New Platform

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Rising Voices Fellow
March 18, 2014

This month our Rising Voices Fellows respond to statements by and about Jewish feminist icons. Be sure to check the JWA blog each Tuesday for a new post from our fellows—and check out the great educational resources provided by our partner organization, Prozdor. I consider myself a feminist, and I also strive to combat other axes of oppression in my […]

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Jewish Memory Week: A Tale in Three Parts

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Zachor, Deuteronomy 25:17-19
March 11, 2014

The memory of the Holocaust today is vulnerable. Between the Diaspora and Israel the Jewish people are fighting about the meaning of the Holocaust, encoding in our ideological debates about who we want to be in the world our increasingly polarizing interpretations about our recent past. It is the nature of trauma that we become […]

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Do You Have a Red Bandana?

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Instructor, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
February 13, 2014

Purim is by far the silliest, most playful holiday on the Jewish calendar. Children in particular enjoy the customs of Purim – dressing up in costumes, cheering the heroes Mordechai and Esther and booing the villain Haman, eating hamantashen (be they poppy-, apricot-, or chocolate-filled). It may seem amid all this silliness that Purim is […]

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Shushan Purim

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Community Blog Shushan Purim

Student, The Rabbinical School of Hebrew College
February 25, 2013

We acknowledge today as Shushan Purim, as a commemoration of the day when the Jews of Shushan (the walled Persian capital) finally rested after defeating their enemies. They returned to their gated community, and rejoiced. Although it is most fully celebrated by those in Jerusalem (and some other walled cities), we also acknowledge the day as one of celebration. For example, just […]

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Purim: A Holiday of Friendship?

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Community Blog Purim A Holiday of Friendship

Dean, Rabbinical School
February 20, 2013

I’ve been thinking a lot about my teachers lately, almost all of whom were influenced deeply by Rabbi David Hartman, who passed away last week in Jerusalem at the age of 81. It was from one of my most significant teachers, Rabbi James Ponet, that I first learned about Rabbi Hartman’s understanding of Purim as […]

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Easy Ways to Celebrate Purim at Home With Young Children

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Community Blog Fun and Easy Ways to Celebrate Purim with Young Children

Director of the Early Childhood Institute, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education
February 13, 2013

Purim always takes me back to my childhood in Israel, when a sense of festivity was in the air. The weeks leading up to Purim—starting this year on Saturday, Feb. 23—entailed a big debate regarding what costume to choose. For a young child, choosing a costume was a difficult task that required lots of imagination […]

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