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Purim: Family Fun

Make Your Own Purim Gragger You will need: Popping corn; pencil; empty juice can (with only 2 holes at the top that were used for pouring; cardboard; scissors; colored felt; household cement; glue. Put a handful of popping corn into the can through the 2 holes. Trace the base of the can onto the cardboard. […]

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Purim: Hamantaschen Recipe

It’s fun to make Hamantaschen!  Here is a basic recipe: Hamantaschen are delicious cookies that symbolize the three-cornered hat worn by Haman, the arch villain of the Purim story. You will need: ½ lb margarine; 8 tsp sugar; 3 ¼  cup flour; 2 tsp baking powder; ¼ tsp salt; 3 tsp orange juice; 2 eggs; […]

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Purim: Heroes and Villans

Bigthan and Teresh: Besides Haman, there are two important villains in the Purim story who are sometimes overlooked. They are critical players, because without them, Mordechai could not have risen to prominence and Esther would not have been able to use her influence with King Achasverous to save her people. Their names were Bigthan and […]

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Purim: Laws and Customs

Shabbat Shekalim: The Shabbat before the month of Adar officially welcomes the Purim season.  This special Shabbat is called Shabbat Shekalim, Hebrew for the Sabbath of Shekals (an ancient form of Israelite money.) Shabbat Shekalim is honored with the reading of an additional Torah portion dedicated to tzedakah, giving charity, a mitzvah associated with Esther.  […]

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Purim: Religious Meaning

The central theme of Purim is celebration. Mishe nichnas Adar, marbim be’simcha. With the beginning of Adar rejoicing is increased. (Taanit 29a). The hilarity of Purim has always been a welcome respite from the grind of daily life in exile. It is almost as if G-d was telling past and future generations to stop what […]

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Purim 101

Purim, Festival of  Lots Did you ever hear a situation being described as A Purim Story? It means a crazy, mixed up series of events that do not seem to make sense, but in the end, all work out. That is Purim in a nut shell– an ancient story of court intrigue, deception,  miscommunication, drunken […]

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