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The various elements of the Purim story and Purim ritual analyzed and conveyed in an engaging manner, along with contemporary lessons we can apply to our lives in the 21st century.

Lessons and Insights

Lessons and Insights

Contemporary Messages

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What message can I take from the celebration of Shushan Purim in my beloved Jerusalem, thousands of miles away? Is it my holiday, or am I merely a bystander while Jerusalemites are making merry?
Queen Esther, the heroine of the Purim story and one of the greatest Jewish women in history.
While both Purim and Passover commemorate momentous occasions of Divine deliverance, their respective stories are extremely dissimilar.
On the surface the book of Esther reads as a fable of sorts, filled with drama, suspense and a happy ending. However, keeping in mind that it was written under the rulership and scrutiny of the Persian king, care had to be taken to tell the story without offending sensibilities. A secret tradition passed down orally tells the real story.
Peeling back the layers of the Purim treats also called oznei Haman
I’m fasting today, but I’ll be feasting tonight.
What is it about Purim that makes everything so dramatic?
How to save her people from the royal decree? She had to visit the king. She knew it to be the only way. But how could she? She hadn’t seen the king in recent days, and who knows what his mood would be?
The first time we're ever called "Jews" is in the Purim story. Were we not Jewish before then? Or perhaps the question is: what's the connection between Purim and Judah?
Strange is it not? A book of the Bible and not even one explicit reference to G‑d? Why is that? Perhaps we can answer this question with another question....
A challenge-free existence creates complacency and lacks depth. But when we turn challenge into an opportunity for growth we become stronger. The festival of Purim has a unique message...
When the artist sets his hands to his craft, he turns his back on perfection, as a warrior turns his back on fear...
We all know madness well--we spend a third of our lives insane
Mordechai comes across as a true 'renaissance man', respected and adored by his people. But the Talmud reveals a little-known fact...
Surely there are other, more refined and more spiritual ways of celebrating and showing joy?
Wasn’t Haman the guy who wanted to wipe us out? Why would we immortalize him by eating cookies that bear his name?
One of the traditions of Purim is dressing up in fancy dress and wearing masks. What is the reason for this custom and how does it connect to the celebration of the day?
Whereas throughout the year alcohol consumption is barely tolerated by Jewish tradition, on Purim, the boundaries fall away. Why the change of policy?
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