Purim

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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How to make hamantashen for Purim

By Jennifer Lipman, February 21, 2013

A simple recipe in time for Purim.

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Queen Esther and the flap of a butterfly’s wing

By Rabbi Dr Moshe Freedman, February 21, 2013

In the summer of 1666, the English physicist and mathematician Sir Isaac Newton is said to have pondered the falling of an apple while in the gardens of Woolsthorpe Manor, his family home in Lincolnshire. This apocryphal story describes the seminal moment which prompted him to realise that there must be a force acting on the apple which draws it to the centre of the earth.

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Truly unbelievable

February 21, 2013

Traditionally, Purim is a time for inviting people to believe the unbelievable. As is so often the case, this week provides a rich crop of stories which have that "good grief, can that really be true?" factor.

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