Purim in my neighborhood is an extravaganza. Limousines crowd the streets and rabbles of teenagers run in and out of houses dressed up as the main characters in the Purim story. A quick summary for those who are not familiar: There is Vashti, who is dethroned by the King Ahasuerus. Then Esther becomes the new […]
Over the past month, the intermarriage debate has once again flared. On one side are the longtime advocates of in-marriage who convened a group of Jewish leaders to discuss the future of American Jewry and sound the alarm about the impact of assimilation and intermarriage on the community. On the other side are the proponents […]
The full Purim story, as found in the Book of Esther, is much closer to a scandalous TV show than the version taught in Hebrew school!
The whole megillah? A look at the scroll (megillah is Hebrew for ‘scroll’) of Esther, the story that is read on the Jewish holiday of Purim.