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Purim

| February 19, 2009

Purim is my favorite holiday, and not just for the spinning graggers & delicious hamantashen. The megillah is an inspiring story of Jewish unity amidst insurmountable struggle. When the wicked Haman threatens brave Mordechai, he turns his wrath not only against him, but the entire Jewish population. In response, noble Queen Esther fasts for three Read More

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Holiday Reflections: Tu B’Shvat

| January 14, 2009

  The Holiday: Tu B’Shvat is the New Year for trees. One of four “New Years” mentioned in the Mishnah, Tu B’Shvat enables Jews around the world to reflect on nature’s many blessings, and to contemplate our role in shaping our physical environment.  The holiday marks the beginning of the season in which trees emerge Read More

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Hunger No More Curriculum

| December 1, 2008

The Hunger No More Curriculum helps congregations facilitate discussions of issues related to hunger, poverty and powerlessness in the U.S. and the developing world; the causes, solutions and the roles that they might play. It is about the Jewish community struggling to clarify it’s identify and mission to respond to the tradition at home and Read More

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Holiday Reflections: Chanukah

| December 1, 2008

The Holiday: Chanukah celebrates the Jews’ unlikely military victory over a powerful foe and a subsequent miracle involving the rededication of the Holy Temple. Thousands of years ago, the Jews lived in the Land of Israel, also known as Judea, which was controlled by the Seleucids (a Syrian-Greek people).  After Antiochus ascended to the Seleucid Read More

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