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A Purim Message from Rabbi Sandra Bellush

Purim sameach!!!! Happy Purim!!!! There are four mitzvot (commandments) associated with the holiday: Mikra Megillah – Reading of the Megillah (The Book of Esther) Seudat Purim – A festive Purim meal Mishloach Manot – Sending gifts (which often take the form of Purim bags and baskets) Matanot L’evyonim –  Gifts to the poor Although the third and fourth mizvot on the

On Adar and Shabbat Zachor

We read in the Talmud, “When the month of Adar enters, joy increases” Ta’anit 29a). Last week we observed Rosh Chodesh Adar, the beginning of the Hebrew month of Adar. The joy of Adar relates, of course, to the holiday of Purim, which we will celebrate with a shpiel and Megillah reading next week on

D’var Torah: Terumah

Gifts are often given for one of many reasons: from feeling obligated to give to being motivated to give by love. Terumah, meaning “gifts” is the name of this week’s Torah portion. God instructs Moses to ask that the Israelites bring gifts to build the Mishkan, the portable sanctuary that the Israelites build while wandering in the wilderness. God’s instructions are qualified with

D’var Torah: Parashat Mishpatim

The greatness of Judaism, according to Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, “is not  simply in its noble vision of a free, just and compassionate society, but in the way it brings this vision down to earth,” which is accomplished through detailed legislation. That God is in the details, is a lesson from this week’s Torah portion, Mishpatim. A parallel