Category Archives: Purim Prep

Purim and the Responsibilities of Privilege

When Queen Esther contemplated whether to approach the King of Persia, uninvited, to ask that the Jews be spared, the stakes were high. Stay silent, and her people would be slaughtered. Speak up, and risk death herself at the hands … Continue reading

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Removing our Masks – Purim Prep

On Purim, we wear costumes. But in actuality, we are simply taking off the costumes we regularly wear, the masks we use to cover our insecurities, anxieties, and imperfections. We expose our true selves – flawed, vulnerable, even a little … Continue reading

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This is Our Time – Purim Prep

Esther almost kept silent about Haman’s plot to exterminate the Jews. Mordechai persuaded her to expose the scheme, saying, “Who knows? Perhaps you have become royalty for just such a time as this.” When we see injustice or suffering, many … Continue reading

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Winey Jews – Purim Prep

A famous (and strange) Purim custom is to drink “until one no longer knows the difference between blessed Mordechai and cursed Haman.” While many rabbis tell us not to drink this much (since our primary religious obligation is health/safety) there … Continue reading

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Do The Right Thing – Purim Prep

On Purim, we recall how the Jews of Persia were saved from an extermination plot. This plan was hatched by the king’s advisor, Haman, who was insulted when a Jew named Mordechai would not bow to him. Mordechai is a … Continue reading

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