Purim

Purim wait angers UJIA party people

By Sandy Rashty, March 24, 2014

It was billed as the ultimate London Purim party for young professionals, with tickets sold out and 1,000 people attending.

But guests at the Young UJIA event have complained of having to wait for over an hour-and-a-half for admittance to the venue, the Revolution Leadenhall club.

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My Purim film, starring Madonna and Bar Refaeli

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, March 21, 2014

In the desire to fill my column with positive Jews’ stories (in the face of so many miserable ones) I see that Purim rated very favourably in the secular awareness count this year.

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Purim highlights at JFS

By Sandy Rashty, March 18, 2014
JFS students flocked to the Kenton-based campus dressed in outfits from the Teletubbies to Where's Wally? as part of the Jewish secondary school's 2014 Purim celebrations. Bouncy castles, magicians and popcorn machines were also on hand for entertainment.

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The JC Podcast Week 5: Charedi Draft Law and UJIA's Purim Party

March 15, 2014

Marcus Dysch chairs the weekly JC Jabber. Our Reporters Daniel Easterman and Sandy Rashty debate the issues, with a special guest appearance from fellow JC colleague Amy Solomon. Charlotte Oliver is away this week on assignment in Israel.

Produced by Rosa Doherty.

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The fateful rejection behind Haman's hate

By Benedict Roth, March 14, 2014

The nation of Amalek is presented in the Bible as a nihilistic, destructive force that attacks without mercy and without reason. Saul, Israel’s first king, had an opportunity to exterminate Amalek entirely but, whether because of compassion or because of greed, he stayed his hand and was punished for his hesitancy.

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Why it's a mitzvah to wear a funny hat at Purim

By Lawrence Cohen , March 14, 2014

Every year, immediately before Purim, my rabbi enjoins his congregation to attend the reading of the Megillah, intoning magisterially, “Remember to wear a funny hat. Don’t forget.” For him, this is the supreme mitzvah; visiting the sick, accompanying the dead, attending the bride, don’t even come close.

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Why Israeli Purim spiels don’t do the trick

By Nathan Jeffay, March 1, 2013

As Jerusalem prepares for US President Barack Obama’s visit on March 20, Israelis have one burning question — what will the prime minister’s wife wear?

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Purim 2013

By Sandy Rashty, February 25, 2013
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