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Epic March Rap Up

Susie Sampson | Posted 06.01.2014 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

There's no better way to recap March 2014 than with a RAP! Ukraine, Malaysia flight #MH370, Obamacare, Selfies, St. Patricks Day, Kissing Strangers, C...

Expanding the Concept, and Reality, of Jewish Community

Jerry Silverman | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion
Jerry Silverman

This piece originally appeared in New York Jewish Week. Nate couldn't decide what he wanted to be for Purim -- follow his heart and dress as an alien...

Lanterns, Wild Flowers And Purim Revelry: Week In Photos

Posted 03.22.2014 | World

Nothing quite compares to the power of a photograph to communicate the goings on in the world. Ranging from the serious to the silly, these photos off...

Top 10 Tech Tips Learned From the Book of Esther

Rabbi Laura Baum | Posted 05.17.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Baum

In today's world, holiday celebration is usually juxtaposed with whatever else is going on at the time. I couldn't help, but reflect on Purim in the context of technology, and I discovered that the Book of Esther is full of helpful tech tips!

The Problematic Message of the Story of the Man Saved From the Malaysia Airlines Flight by Shabbat

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 05.17.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

I'm still awaiting word on what actually happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight #370. While there will be those who find the 'miraculous' story of the man who didn't get on that flight because of his Shomer Shabbos travel agent to be inspirational, I remain troubled by its message.

Why Purim Is Our Favorite Jewish Holiday

Posted 03.14.2014 | Religion

Purim is a spring holiday that commemorates the Jewish community's narrow escape from collective destruction in the ancient Persian Empire. The word i...

A Purim Call to Support the International Violence Against Women Act

Rabbi Toba Spitzer | Posted 05.12.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Toba Spitzer

Congress needs to hear from us, to know that as American citizens we support our government's efforts to halt violence against women. It is imperative that we write, email, tweet, call or visit our members of Congress and urge them to sign on.

Who Knows? Purim

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 05.12.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

In the key scene in Megillas Esther, Mordechai zigs when he seemingly should have zagged, asking Esther a question instead of making a statement. What hidden message was he trying to send to her -- and to us?

A Plea to Stop Underestimating Purim: The Most Modern Jewish Holiday

Rabbi Jordie Gerson | Posted 05.11.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Jordie Gerson

Though we don't often speak of ourselves this way, we as American Jews live in the diaspora. We live outside the land of Israel. Though we may have risen to great heights outside of the Land of Israel, we are always, in some sense, strangers in a strange land.

Your Guide To The Most Raucous Religious Holidays All Year

Posted 02.28.2014 | Religion

With Carnival here and Mardi Gras right around the corner you might be wondering how a religious holiday could be so fun. Turns out, Carnival isn'...

Remembering a Woman Who Said 'No!'

David A. Davis | Posted 10.22.2013 | Religion
David A. Davis

In a summer when our public officials again elevated lewd behavior to the public square, remember Vashti. Don't just remember her, join me in paying tribute.

Fill the Void

Francis Levy | Posted 08.21.2013 | Entertainment
Francis Levy

Fundamentalism has it right, were not the belonging and other satisfactions it provides bought at the cost of autonomy and individual freedom. And Fi...

Jews Reveal Our Secrets to Controlling the Banks (VIDEO)

Nato Green | Posted 06.03.2013 | San Francisco
Nato Green

To get the Jewish side of the story, I paid a visit to the Purim carnival at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center to hear from Jews in their natural habitat.

Anti-discrimination Politics From 500 BCE Persia to 2013 Maryland

Dana Beyer | Posted 05.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The Maryland Commission, understanding the fundamental principles of the progress of civil rights in this country, reversed its position and stood with us, once again, in the Senate. We thank them and are proud to be a part of that tradition.

On Why Israel Appears to the World As an Aggressive Nation

Martin Varsavsky | Posted 05.03.2013 | World
Martin Varsavsky

Growing up Jewish, one of the 15 million in a world of 7 billion people, is growing up feeling like a survivor of so many historical massacres, lucky to be alive and stay alive. Given our history it is not surprising that there would be a slight "paranoiac" tone to real or perceived threats.

Assemblyman DEFENDS Blackface

AP | MICHAEL GORMLEY | Posted 04.27.2013 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — A New York assemblyman who at first vigorously defended wearing blackface, an Afro wig and a basketball jersey to a costume party...

PHOTO: Pol Wears Blackface, Says It's Not Offensive

Posted 02.25.2013 | New York

Assemblyman Dov Hikind wore blackface to a Purim party at his New York City home this weekend, and says the costume wasn't offensive. The New York ...

Where Is God In The Book Of Esther?

Brandon Ambrosino | Posted 04.25.2013 | Religion
Brandon Ambrosino

One of the most beautiful books of the Bible, Esther is the only one that doesn't specifically refer to God. Esther's story defies moralizing, but perhaps one of its lessons is that God's hiddenness is not God's absence. Even in the face of death.

Purim, Queen Esther And Women Praying At The Western Wall

Rabbi Susan Silverman | Posted 04.25.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Susan Silverman

We end public readings of the Scroll of Esther with a blessing. "Blessed are you, God, who takes up our grievance, judges our claim and avenges the wrongs against us. You bring retribution on our enemies and vengeance on our foes." It's a tragedy when those we have in mind are other Jews.

The Inverted Soul Of Purim And The Puppet Theater

Michelle Bentsman | Posted 04.24.2013 | Religion
Michelle Bentsman

Purim is the consummate Jewish carnival, and puppetry -- very much at home in the carnival -- is often considered a lowly art, if an art at all. So what can we make of lowly behavior, lowly art and inverted souls?

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.

Purim: How To Get Drunk On God

Eitan Press | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Eitan Press

Purim is a radical embrace of the uncontrollable nature of life, celebrating the concealment of God through wearing masks, and the confusion of life through intoxication. With faith in the Divine, we go through chaos and transcend into something higher, into a place of Oneness.

Heeding The Call: Purim And Developing A Sense Of Hearing In Life

Rabbi Pinchas Allouche | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Pinchas Allouche

We ought to never become oblivious to all that which life has to offer. And we ought to remember that the blessings of life emerge precisely when we learn to synchronize what we want from life with what life wants from us. Herein lies the secret to a life of purpose and meaningful achievements.

Free Range Rabbi

Vanessa L. Ochs | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Vanessa L. Ochs

In the weeks before I was ordained as a rabbi, my husband Peter asked: "What will you say when people ask you what kind of a rabbi you are?" What did he mean what kind? What was I supposed to say?

Purim's Trifecta

Mindy Trotta | Posted 04.23.2013 | Taste
Mindy Trotta

Okay children, today's lesson is: Hanukkah has its latkes, Passover has its macaroons, and Purim has its hamantashen.