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The Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island: It's the Cat's Pajamas

Tony Sachs | Posted 08.13.2015 | New York
Tony Sachs

As far as I'm concerned, there's never a bad time to wear a straw boater, suspenders and spats while doing the Charleston and drinking moonshine. But the best time to do so is when thousands of other people are doing the same thing.

Why the Purim Story Gives Me Hope That Our Nation Can Make Black Lives Matter

Yavilah McCoy | Posted 05.13.2015 | Religion
Yavilah McCoy

As an African-American Jewish woman, I endeavor to see the hand of God in all things. How else do I and my people, both of them, come to be standing here, still whole, after all that has been done to erase and diminish our existence on this earth?

Meet the Purim Cast to Understand What's Happening in Our World Today (Best Screenplay Award Goes to God)

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 05.04.2015 | Religion
Dr. Michael Laitman

Purim is a great drama. It is also a symbol of what our world can be when we abolish the disunity between us. As then, so now, it has to start from the Jews. "Love your neighbor as yourself" was given to us first.

Friends in High Places: The Jewish Story of Purim

Tamar Frankiel, Ph.D. | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion
Tamar Frankiel, Ph.D.

The story as handed down appears in the biblical Book of Esther. The setting was ancient Persia, probably 2400 years ago. The Jewish minority was well assimilated, but viciously hated by some, including a powerful minister of state named Haman.

The Meaning of Purim in the Winter of 2015

Rabbi Steven C. Wernick | Posted 04.29.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Steven C. Wernick

It is against the backdrop of this very troubled time that the holiday of Purim approaches... and with it, the important message: Do not lose hope for you have been here before.

Purim: A Tale Of Women’s Empowerment

Deborah Rosenbloom | Posted 04.24.2013 | Religion
Deborah Rosenbloom

When it comes to the Bible, it's easy to fall back on standard interpretations year after year, but when we examine a multifaceted story such as Esther's through a modern lens, we see the many ways the story resonates in contemporary life.

Cast Your Lot With Goodness: A 2,300-Year-Old Lesson For Today

Tamar Frankiel, Ph.D. | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Tamar Frankiel, Ph.D.

When humans take the risk to act with virtue and courage, invisible forces conspire on the side of good. Those who use power to do evil will fall, tripped up by their own tortuous machinations.

Throw A Purim Party For Lent!

Jack Levison | Posted 04.22.2013 | Religion
Jack Levison

I make sure my students end just about every week of term by celebrating a Jewish holiday. We're mostly Protestants, so we're not so good at it; but we have fun, and we learn about Jewish history -- our shared history -- by laughing, eating, dancing and praying, sometimes in botched Hebrew.

Who Was That Masked Man?

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 04.22.2013 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Think that Yom Kippur is the holiest day on the Jewish calendar? Guess again....

Easy Reader: BookExpo America 2011 Offers Plenty

David Finkle | Posted 07.25.2011 | Books
David Finkle

Book lovers, here's a full disclosure about reporter/bookist me and BookExpo America 2011 at New York City's Jacob Javits Center: I go for the giveaways.

Dr. Dorothy Height's Funeral: Lifting Her to Heaven

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

After almost a century of Dorothy Height making this country and world a more just, equal, and hopeful place she is now in heaven, and the rest of us are now going to have to step it up down here.

Purim and the End of "Don't Ask Don't Tell"

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

The Purim story has a special resonance this year: The Book of Esther marks civilization's first recorded repudiation of "Don't Ask Don't Tell."

Cheers, Hamantashen And Shots All Around: Happy Purim!

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Cathleen Falsani

When is it appropriate -- and even encouraged -- to show up at your house of worship in full costume, make all kinds of racket, and even get really snockered?

Purim 101

Sarah Newman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sarah Newman

There's a common refrain that sums up the broad themes of many Jewish holidays: "They tried to kill us, we survived, let's eat.