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    Purim in Our Time

    Hooray for Haman!

    Sometimes, alas, our enemies get it right. Haman hit the proverbial nail on the head when he described the Jews (Esther 3:8) as a "disjointed, disunified, dispersed" People.

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Adar 13 5781
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    The Laws of Purim

    Purim Is Here - What Do I Do?

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Adar 13 5781
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    The Essence of Purim

    Myths, the Megila and Moshiach

    As in many aspects of Jewish life, myths abound concerning the Purim story. One of those myths portray Achashverosh as a harmless, bumbling old fool, pulled to and fro by his wives and advisors. Yet Gemara Megila makes it abundantly clear that Achashverosh hated the Jews no less - perhaps even more! - than did Haman.

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Adar 13 5781
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    The Essence of Purim

    Why Is Purim Filled With So Many "Mems?"

    t can't be coincidence that all the Mitzvot of Purim start with a Mem: Megila (reading); Mishloach Manot (that's a double!); Matanot L'evyonim; Mishteh (the Purim Seuda) and Machatzit Ha-Shekel (giving 1/2 shekels in remembrance of the gifts to the Bet HaMikdash). What is going on here?

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Adar 5 5781
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    Purim in Our Time

    Adam, Amalek and a tree

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Adar 9 5777
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    The Essence of Purim

    The Jewish Thanksgiving

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Adar II 5776
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