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Here's a much harder question: Would you help someone else if you weren't even sure that G‑d would appreciate it?
I am sitting cross-legged on a make shift throw at my childhood synagogue's Purim carnival. It must have been then that I decided I wanted to be Queen Esther when I grew up. I took the matter seriously, perfecting the costume over the years...
I walked past a bus stop just as a bus pulled over and opened its doors for me. “No, thank you,” I shouted to the driver, “I’m just walking. I don’t want to get on the bus.” “I know,” he replied, “I see you every morning. I just wanted to let you know tha...
I've been a committed student of a Middle Eastern Dance class that meets every Wednesday night, and even though my mind was begging to differ, I knew my body would thank me later. But all I could see was a postpartum pooch shimmying in a baggy tee-shirt.....
Understanding Purim
I slip into my “just do it!” outfit and wear a smile to a wedding, even though my heart is dull. The garb and the smile carry me into their space and I end up dancing with joy for the bride (or her mom, whose circle I've suddenly become part of!). But I h...
A Brief Retelling of the Book of Esther (Megillah)
The characters of the Purim story come alive in this brief rendition of the miraculous tale. See G-d's delivering hand veiled behind a fascinating story of palace intrigue...
Esther did not want to be taken to the palace. Not only was she an upright Jewish girl who abhorred the notion of marriage to a gentile vile king, she was actually already married!
Wasted time counts for far more than the present moment, or even our own lifetime. This was Rabbi Akiva's message. A minute could mean a street. Think of Fifth Avenue and the loss becomes tangible...
The meaning behind Achashveirosh choosing a Queen from a Kabalistic standpoint.
Why the Jewish people are compared to Queen Esther.
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