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Kippalive – Purim Up – כיפה לייב

06.03.2014

24Jewish Video Clip of the day , Kippalive – Purim Up ,  Part 2 Purim songs Great Videos Selection

20 Things To Do With Matzah

16.04.2008

A post-Passover musical greeting!
Performed by Michelle Citrin and William Levin
Music, Lyrics and Production by William Levin and Michelle Citrin

24Jewish Video Clip of the day 20 Things To Do With Matzah , Part 2 Passover Jacob Richman, Great Videos Selection

לא יעבוד – שוואקי | Lo Yaavod – Official music video by Shwekey

24.12.2012
קרדיט וידיאו קליפ:
הפקה: יוחי בריסקמן
הפקה ובימוי וידיאו: מנדי פלין
צילום: אביב ואנה עורך: ארנון ז. שור
VFX: מנדי פלין ליהוק: אנדרו פרנקל

קרדיט מוזיקה:
לחן: יוסי מולר עיבוד: ג’ף הורביץ
נגנים: יוחי בריסקמן – תופים | ג’ף הורביץ – קלידים | מנחם הרמן ודני ממן – גיטרות

מילים:
“אל תהיו כעבדים המשמשין את הרב על מנת לקבל פרס
לא יעבוד אדם את בוראו, אלא מאהבה בלבד”
(משנה אבות א, ג – פירוש רבי עובדיה מברטנורא)

24Jewish Video Clip of the day Lo Yaavod – Official music video by Shwekey, Part 2 Yaakov Shwekey, Great Videos Selection

Chief Rabbi’s Purim Shiur 2014

06.03.2014
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis – Purim Shiur. 4 March 2014. Edgware United Synagogue, London

24Jewish Video Clip of the day Chief Rabbi’s Purim Shiur 2014 . Part 2 The United Synagogue channel Great Videos Selection

ילדה קטנה-בביצוע מרגש של אביב ומאיה הקטנה והמדהימה

01.01.2014

אביב חוגגת בת מצווה ובוחרת בלהיט של משה פרץ ואגם בוחבוט כשיר כניסה. לביצוע המרגש מצטרפת אחותה הקטנה מאיה בת ה-5 ויחד מבצעות את השיר באופן מיוחד ומרגש ….. שווה צפייה

24Jewish Video Clip of the day Little girl – an exciting performance…Part 2 : TheVoice Israel Great Videos Selection

Learn Hebrew Purim Video

 01.03.2014

http://www.in-hebrew.co.il
15 Hebrew phrases and sentences about Purim.
Includes Hebrew with Nikud, English translations and transliterations

24Jewish Video Clip of the day Learn Hebrew Purim Video, Part 2 Jacob Richman channel Great Videos Selection

Dayenu, Coming Home – The Fountainheads Passover Song

02.04.2011
Follow us on Facebook! http://facebook.com/Fountainheads

A Passover musical parody by The Ein Prat Fountainheads, http://foheads.com, graduates and students of Midreshet Ein Prat, Israel.

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קבלת פנים\ להקת נפשא

26.10.2009

הרכב חדש מלא באנרגיות של שמחת חיים.
ההרכב מונה חמישה נגנים (עם אופציה לשישה נגנים)
מוכשרים ומנוסים.
הנגנים באים מעולם הנגינה, הכתיבה, העיבוד והלחנה.
ההרכב מנגן על מגוון כלים כגון:
תופים, קלידים, גיטרה חשמלית, בס, סקספון, מנדולינה, מפוחית חלילית ועוד
“התאחדנו כדי להביא לכם את העושר הרב שזיכנו בורא העולם לצבור במשך השנים בסגנונות מגוונים ועיבודים מיוחדים…”

בואו לחוש את האנרגיה, השמחה, העיבודים והשירה.
מוזמנים לטעימה! לפרטים נוספים: 0504146593 | L.nafsha@gmail.com

24Jewish Video Clip of the day The Band Nfsha, Part 2 Gad Elbaz . Naftali Kalfa ft Ari Lesser, Great Videos Selection

Hatikva-The National Anthem of Israel

24Jewish Video Clip of the day Hatikva-The National Anthem of Israel Part 2 Classic Israeli Songs Great Videos Selection

Menachem Begin Making Peace

08.03.2009
Menachem Begin.
http://www.youtube.com/user/BeginCenter
http://www.begincenter.org.il/
http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/315…

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Another great Oorah CD starring Shloime Gertner, Yitzchok Fuchs, Shloime Dachs,Yisroel Werdyger, Lipa Schmeltzer, Rivi Schwebel, Ari Goldwag, Shauly Waldner,.

24Jewish Video Clip of the day Another great Oorah CD starring Shloime Gertner, Yitzchok Fuchs, Shloime Dachs,Yisroel Werdyger, Lipa Schmeltzer, Rivi Sch

EFIM ALEXANDROV

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Palestinian Arab Muslim Converts To Judaism

23.02.2014

Every morning for the last two years, Yaniv comes to this tiny yeshiva in a Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem. Yaniv, a Palestinian, was born Muslim and converted seven years ago. He loves to study Judaism, he says, and is continuously excited by it. Yaniv is proud to be Jewish. Yaniv’s rabbi says that he is proud of his student who is passionate and determined in his love of Judaism.

Just two years ago he was called Busman, and lived in an Arab village near Nablus. Osman was released from an Israeli prison after 11 years, on charges of manslaughter. He discovered Judaism while in prison, and has since converted. This is Bussman, or Yaniv, moments after being released from jail, on the Palestinian side of the green line. Crying bitterly, Yaniv said that he had nowhere to go, now that he was a Jew. He could not enter Israel because he was considered a Palestinian, and in the territories, his life was in danger due to his conversion.

As we film Yaniv, he is approached by a man who tells him that he saw the footageof his release from prison on the news and that it was Yaniv’s steadfast belief in Judaism, which affirmed his own beliefs and brought him closer to his own faith. Yaniv is moved by the encounter.

Two years later, Yaniv is a star student at his yeshiva, has an adoptive family, and several matchmakers working to find him the right match. He has been living in Israel as a temporary resident, dedicating his life to the Torah, working odd jobs, dreaming of becoming a citizen, and even joining the military.

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Jewish Wedding, Marriage, Ceremony & Wine

25.11.2011
The secret to a Jewish marriage is hidden in the wine. Charlie Harary discusses the hidden secrets and symbolism of wine in a Jewish marriage ceremony.

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Birthright Israel – The LA Way

 18.02.2014

Birthright Israel – The LA Way

Learn more at http://jewishla.org/birthright

24Jewish Video Clip of the day Birthright Israel – The LA Way The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles Great Videos Selection

הרב שלמה קרליבך / “עוד אבינו חי

01.04.2008

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach from the archives of Israel Television in the early Seventies.

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Refuah Sheleimah Ya’akov Shwekey,Baruch Levine Caesaria

29.01.2013

24Jewish Video Clip of the day Refuah Sheleimah Ya’akov Shwekey Baruch Levine Caesaria Great Videos Selection

Habet Mordechai Ben David and Chaim Eliezer Hershtik Radio Kol Chai

02.02.2014

Video By Nathan Ibgui – צילום וידיאו נתן איבגי
בקלידן עמי כהן
מוצ”ש חסידי חי עם מנחם טוקר ברדיו קול חי – 01-02-2014

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Elie kakou Mme sarfati et sa fille fortunée

03.04.2008

elie kakou sketch Mme sarfati et sa fille Fortunée

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Israel – Small but Outstanding

29.04.2012

http://www.israel.org

Israel, a small country of outstanding beauty, is so many different things:

It is a bridge between Africa, Asia & Europe, It has pulsating urban life, breathtaking nature, an abundance of plant & animal species, Thousands of years of fascinating history, a rainbow of cultures and traditions.

Israel offers an energizing experience with a vibrant cultural scene, and is proud to be an innovative leader in science & High-Tech.

Sounds too much? you’ll believe it when you see it.

Visit the MFA’s Social Media Channels:

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/IsraelMFAhttp://www.facebook.com/IsraeliVibe

Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/Israel
http://www.twitter.com/IsraelMFA

Please credit the MFA and the creators of this clip for any use of this video.

Photographer and Editor: Eyal Bartov
Additional Photographs: Samuel Magal
After Effects: Gili Ittah
Original Music: Israel Kasif

24Jewish Video Clip of the day Israel – Small but Outstanding Great Videos Selection

Simchas Beis Gorlitz Nasad Skver Flatbush, in Borough Park

16.10.2013

24Jewish Video Clip of the day, Simchas Beis Gorlitz Nasad Skver Flatbush, in Borough Park and  HaMenagnim Orchestra 

Megillas Lester Official Trailer

17.02.2014

Megillas Lester is a full length animated feature film depicting the fictional story of Doniel Lesterovitch (“Lester”); a boy whose imagination turns the Purim story upside down. Suddenly finding himself at the feast of King Achashverosh, Lester is ordered to summon queen Vashti to the party…and he inadvertently convinces her to go! With Vashti alive and well, Esther never needs to come to the palace – and that leaves nobody to save the Jews from evil Haman! Follow Lester’s hilarious and thrilling adventure as he tries to set his version of the Purim story back on track…

24Jewish Video Clip of the day, Megillas Lester Official Trailer and Simchas Beis Gorlitz Nasad Skver Flatbush, in Borough Park GREAT VIDEOS SELECTION

Beri Weber Belz

16.02.2014

Acoustic Style with Moishey Schwartz on Guitar

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חתונה תולדות אהרן ט”ו בשבט תשע”ב

13.02.2012

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חתונה תולדות אהרן ט”ו בשבט תשע”ב

24Jewish Video Clip of the day, Valentine’s Day in Tel Aviv  and  A Jewish Star GREAT VIDEOS SELECTION

valentinexy February 14th marks Valentine’s Day, and though not a Jewish holiday, it appears the young and in love celebrate in the Jewish State as well. Jennifer KaidenAmerican Tourist in Israel: “I celebrate Valentine’s Day because celebrating love is important and it doesn’t matter where you are around the world, it’s important for everyone.”  Yuval Sela, Flower Shop Salesman: “Every year we sell on Valentine’s Day, it’s a big day for business, people like roses, like colors. It’s a love day, people like celebration, to go out. First they buy flowers, and then the rest.” Netta Kaiden, American Tourist in Israel: “I think it’s very nice to express your love to someone you love every day, but if you have a special day, even better.” Saint Valentine’s Day is of Christian origin. And in the Hebrew calendar there is another day celebrated by couples called ‘Tu Beav’. Oren Migdal, Chabad representative: “I think it’s very sad that Jews who have traditions of thousands of years and have their own holidays imitate the non-Jews and take their holidays”. Udi Kobi, Tel Aviv Resident: “People don’t know really what is to be a jew, what is Christianity. They don’t know. So they celebrate what they think is good. I don’t judge them, but it is confusion.” Netta Kaiden, American Tourist in Israel: “If they don’t lose their connection to their heritage, I don’t think there’s a problem, you can celebrate.” Jennifer KaidenAmerican Tourist in Israel: “It’s like eating different foods from all over the world.” Yossef Faibish, Bat Ayin Resident: “It’s a Christian holiday. I don’t know exactly what it means, but I know that if people are happy, it makes them happy and they celebrate together, that’s a good thing. So why not.” As in many other countries, many Tel Avivian restaurants, shops and boutiques offer special discounts on products and gifts in honor of the festive day. And though not everyone understands or agrees with the meaning of the holiday or where the tradition stems from, most people we spoke to here in Israel, always like a reason to celebrate. Yuval Sela, Flower Shop Salesman: “I celebrate anything I can celebrate. A party is a party, Valentine’s Day and other days, whichever.” Tamar Golan, Tel Aviv Resident: “If you want to celebrate love, just celebrate. For me, this is life, to enjoy life.” Oren Migdal, Chabad representative : Most of the Jews who celebrate this day, it isn’t because of religious reasons. It’s because they want to dance and party. We have our religion and thank God, we are happy about it.” And so, a Tel Avivian Valentine’s Day takes off, even here, in the Jewish State. Sivan Raviv, JN1, Tel Aviv  Part 2  

A Jewish Star

Defenders of the Negev: Ultra-Orthodox Jews in the IDF

12.02.2014

Soldiers in a new IDF company, called “Defenders of the Negev”, maintain an observant Jewish lifestyle as they work to protect the State of Israel. Their service reflects an important goal of the IDF: to help Ultra-Orthodox Jews integrate into the army.

MORE: http://www.idfblog.com/ http://twitter.com/idfspokesperson/ http://www.facebook.com/idfonline/

Rambam Trailer. JewishHistoryDotOrg

20.04.2009

http://JewishHistory.org

PHYSICIAN – PHILOSOPHER – CODIFIER – COMMENTATOR – SPIRITUAL LEADER Rambam, Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, was born in Cordova Spain, early in the 12th century. Facing the terror of the fanatic Muslim Almohads, he and his family fled Cordova. For seven years they lived in the mountains and caves of Spain. During that time, his remarkable Torah and Talmudic knowledge increased. His love of Torah combined with his avid study of healing and natural medicine, the sciences, mathematics, astronomy – as well as the works of the classical philosophers, began to shape the destiny of his life. The legacy he left behind is astounding. He wrote Perush Ha-Mishnayot – his commentary on the Mishnah, which included the Thirteen Principles of Faith, before he was 30. He also penned Mishna Torah – over 14 volumes of the laws of the Torah. Amongst his numerous works he wrote and defined Sefer Ha-Mitzvot and the 613 mitzvahs – and The Guide to the Perplaxed – as spiritual and philosophical treatise. Rambam was a holistic healer of body and soul. In an age of ignorance, he was a shining light of compassion and commitment toward his fellow human beings.

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Cantor Abraham H. Wolkin

29.01.2012

Born March 19, 1918 in Brooklyn, New York. Trained with legendary Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt .By age 13 considered a Vunder Kind Chazan. Became a member of the Metropolitan Opera Chorus in 1939. Officiated as Cantor (1952-1992) during Rosh Hashana , Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Pesach and Shavuot at Charles and Lillian Brown’s Hotel, Loch Sheldrake, NY. Engaged as official Cantor at Chateau D’Or, a catering facility in Brooklyn, NY. Performed In Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Israel as well as in the United States at Madision Square Garden, Times Square and Brooklyn College. Licensed by the State of New York as a Mesada Kedushin which afforded the entitlement of performing wedding and bar mitzvah ceremonies and acquiring the title of Reverend Cantor. Officiated at 2000 marriages at various venues. In the 1980’s featured on Joe Franklin’s Channel Nine television program as well as Ruth Jacobs’ Jewish Home Hour on WEVD radio. Author of autobiography, “My Life as Cantor” which can be found on the Jericho Jewish Center website, http://www.jerichojc.com. under the subheading “Cantor’s Files – Member Works

The whole crowd dancing lipa schmeltzers mizrach maarov son

12.03.2014

The whole crowd dancing lipa schmeltzers mizrach maarov song at the blev echad Purim event

JEWS GONE WILD LIPA THE BEST AT JEWISH MUSIC CONCERT

 06.06.2010

WILD JEWISH MOST FUNNIEST DANCING LIPA SCHMELTZER GETTING CROWD HAPPY SATMAR BELZ CHABD MBD FRIED VIZNITZ PUPA REBBE RABBI

Yumi Lowy & Yedidim Choir – חתונה חסידית ומקהלת ידידים

 09.03.2014

Yumi Lowy & Yedidim Choir – חתונה חסידית ומקהלת ידידים (Breaking news,trailer,fragments,global news 2014 news,2014 trailers..)

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Fallow us:https://www.fb.com/EdebiyatSevdasi.org 1 Song Ma Yufis From Dudi Kalish/Yedidim Ezkero Album 2 Song Lechu Venashuva From Kumzing DVD – HaMenagnim לכו ונשובה – לחן: הרב נח פלאי Choir Tzvi Blu

Shaya Ilowitz & Yedidim Choir Sing At Yad Ephraim

 08.03.2014

Shaya Ilowitz & Yedidim Choir – First Song מתרצה ברחמים From Tzali Gold Debut Album “Ahava Raba” Composed by Meshulam Greenberger Second Song “Refua” Composed by Baruch Levine, the yearly Yad Ephraim fundraising dinner in Boro Park on January 8 2014

Moishele Horowitz Singing At A Chuppah

10.03.2014

Moishe Horowitz and Zevi Fried Singing, Avrumy Berko On Keys, At A Chuppah Feb 3rd In Ateres Chinka Boro Park

Shloime Taussig & Yitzy Rosinger Duet (Birchas Habanim)

 09.03.2014

Shloime Taussig, And Wonder Kid Yitzy Rosinger Duet (Birchas Habanim) Avrumy Berko On Keys At Wedding March 6th in Tiferes Mordechai Belz

Yumi Lowy sings Machnisei Rachamim (Yiddish)

08.02.2011

Yumi Lowy sings Machnisei Rachamim (Yiddish) Song Composed by Chaim Banet and lyrics by Badchan Yonasan Schwartz with the Yedidim Choir at Yad Ephraim Dinner Feb. 3 2011 in Boro Park

Central Synagogue: Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot and Jimmy Barnes My Yiddishe Momme

02.04.2012

Two stars of very different styles of music join forces for this classic

Rare Footage:Chazan Helfgot at the wedding of the grandson of Rav Pinchas Menachem Alter ZT”L

 17.03.2012

A very interesting and rare clip, where a Young Itche Meir Helfgot sings Kevartin’s V’Tiher at the wedding of the grandson of Rav Pinchas Menachem Alter ZT”L, the previous Gerrer Rebbe.On the other side of the chosson is the current Gerrer Rebbe

Gur Hasidim dance

14.10.2012

Ger, or Gur (or Gerrer when used as an adjective) is a Hasidic dynasty originating from Ger, the Yiddish name of Góra Kalwaria, a small town in Poland.
Prior to the Holocaust, Ger was probably the largest and most influential Hasidic group in Poland.[citation needed] Today it is one of the largest Hasidic dynasties in the world.[citation needed] It is now based in Jerusalem. The rebbes who lead the movement have the family name of Alter. The founder of this group was Rabbi Yitzchak Meir Alter (1798–1866), known as the Chiddushei HaRim after his primary scholarly work by that title.

Carlibach Slichot with Yitzchak Meir

08.09.2012

Historic Gerrer Hasidic Wedding – 2004 – חתונה בחסידות גור – תשס״ד

05.08.2012

Ger, or Gur (or Gerrer when used as an adjective) is a Hasidic dynasty originating from Ger, the Yiddish name of Góra Kalwaria, a small town in Poland.

Prior to the Holocaust, Ger was probably the largest and most influential Hasidic group in Poland.Today it is one of the largest Hasidic dynasties in the world. It is now based in Jerusalem. The rebbes who lead the movement have the family name of Alter. The founder of this group was Rabbi Yitzchak Meir Alter (1798–1866), known as the Chiddushei HaRim after his primary scholarly work by that title. Almost all Gerrer Hasidim living in pre-war Europe (approximately 200,000 Hasidim) perished during the Holocaust.Rabbi Avraham Mordechai Alter, who managed to escape, set about the task of rebuilding the movement in the British Mandate of Palestine.

Under its post-war leaders, the movement began to flourish again. Presently, on major occasions such as Shavuos, more than 12,000 Hasidim may gather in the main Gerrer beth midrash.

Large communities of Gerrer Hasidim exist in Israel in Ashdod, Bnei Brak, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv, as well as in New York, Lakewood, New Jersey, Los Angeles, London, Antwerp, Zurich and Toronto. Several satellite communities have also been established in small towns in Israel, such as Arad in the Negev desert, Hatzor HaGlilit in the Galilee, Kiryat HaRim Levin in Tel Aviv, Beit Shemesh and Kiryat Gat. Ger maintains a well-developed educational network of Talmud Torahs, yeshivas, and kollels, as well as Beis Yaakov schools for girls. Its leaders dominate the Agudat Israel religious movement and political party in Israel. The men are distinguished by their dark hasidic garb, and by their pants tucked into their socks called hoyzn-zokn (not to be confused with the breeches, called halber-hoyzn, worn by some other hasidic groups). They wear a round felt hat, and a high, almost-pointed kapel. On Shabbos and Jewish holidays, married men wear the high circular fur hat of the Polish Hasidim, called a spodik by Galitzyaners (not to be confused with the much flatter shtreimel worn by married men in Hasidic groups which do not hail from Congress Poland).

Ger follows the way of the Kotzker Rebbe in stressing service of God in a sharp and objective way, as opposed to the mystical and spiritual orientation of other Hasidic groups. Ger also places much emphasis on Talmud study. During both Friday night and Shabbos morning services, worshipers take a break — usually one hour long — which is devoted to Torah study.

Hebrew is spoken, unlike other hasidic movements where Yiddish is used.

PURIM Section Jewish Torah Insights Channel shiurim Daf Yomi, Purim and more… : 24JEWISH ALERTS

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Rabbanit Yehoshua – Purim; Reveal the Hidden part 1

Rabbanit Yehoshua – Purim; Reveal the Hidden part 2

 12.03.2014

Rabbanit Batia Yehoshua’s weekly shiur un Queen, NY.
Do we understand how Hashem runs the world?

Rabbi yosef mizrachi Tzedaka To The Right Causes Plus Insights About Purim

11.03.2014

A Conversation With Rabbi Twerski M.D.

 19.08.2007

GO TO TORAHWISDOM.COM World renowned Rabbi, psychiatrist, doctor, and author speaks from the heart. Up-to-date and relevant, sophisticated topics spoken in plain English, with a masterfully mixed and orchestrated soundtrack all brought to life with 35mm nature photography from around the country.

Rabbi Avraham Twerski, PhD, MD is founder and Medical Director of Gateway Rehabilitation Center, Pittsburgh, PA, as well as a frequent lecturer on a broad range of topics, including stress, self-esteem, spirituality as well as chemical dependency. Dr. Twerski has also written over 45 books, including Living Each Day; Smiling Each Day; Growing Each Day; Have You Ever Asked Yourself These Questions; and Generation to Generation-Personal Recollections of a Chassidic Legacy.

Pourim le secret du renouveau

 21.02.2014

Lorsque nous avons reçu la Torah c’était par crainte et par contrainte, à Pourim nous l’avons reçu par amour ce qui tout changé dans notre rapport avec Hachem. Une Torah de contrainte ‘est une Torah qui n’est pas vivante car elle vient souvent à l’opposé de nos sensations et de notre vouloir alors qu’une Torah d’amour est pleine de vie et de renouveau puisqu’elle nous rentre réceptif à tous les mouvements d’Hachem. Mordechaï allait tous les jours aux portes du palais d’Ahachveroch pour voir comment allait Esther il allait voir les changements de l’aspect d’Hachem par rapport au moment. Rabbi Nahman a dit il est interdit d’être vieux c’est-à-dire il est interdit de vivre sous la contrainte de nos acquis car notre compréhension nous enferme et nos connaissances nous emprisonnent alors que si notre cœur était ouvert sans préjugés ont verrait Hachem dans chacun de nos pas…
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How to be Happy

14.11.2012

http://www.simpletoremember.com/ How to be happy in life? Follow the 9 steps laid out by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin in this video and you will be happier in life. Guaranteed. How can I guarantee it? It’s simple. There are people that are generally happy on a day to day basis. How do they do it? They follow simple steps. If you copy the steps happy people take you will also become happier. Don’t believe it? Test it! Watch this video and follow the steps and drop a comment with your results below.

1.I think appreciatively and gratefully.
What five things am I grateful for now?

2. I speak and act joyfully and kindly.
(When you speak and act joyfully and kindly, your brain produces the biochemicals that create joyful feelings.)

3. I assume there is a benefit.
What is good about this?
(Develop the skill of reframing. Find positive ways of viewing events, situations, and circumstances.)

4. I strive for meaningful goals.
What is my goal for now?
(Being clear about your priorities is the first step to accomplishing and achieving goals. Take a step forward.)

5. I see myself being the way I wish to be.
How do I want to be?
(As you picture yourself speaking and acting in ways consistent with your highest and wisest self, you create your ideal self.)

6. I focus on solutions.
What outcome am I looking for?
(If a problem arises, first clarify the problem. Then ask, “What can I do now to solve it?”)

7. I let challenges develop my character.
“This too will develop my character.”
(Look at difficulties as divinely sent opportunities to upgrade who you are. What quality can you develop now with a challenge that you faced or are facing now?)

8. I consistently access positive states. My awesome brain stores my best states. What state do I want for right now?
(When you give names to your favorite and best moments, you will find them easier to access. Just tell your brain to access the specific state you want to experience now.)

9. I smile and wave to mirrors.
They always smile and wave back to me.
(Research has shown that smiling to yourself in a mirror creates positive chemicals in your body. This works even if you smile without a mirror.)

Thanks to the Happiness Club for the video.

“Profiles of Faith” Interview with Rabbi David Pinto Shlita

25.12.2012

177 – New York City February 28th, 2012

Maamar sur Pourim du Rabbi de loubavitch, 1er Cours

27.02.2014

Étude du Maamar du Rabbi de Loubavitch, “De ce fait, ces jours ont été appelés Pourim… Tav Chin youd Guimel “

Why do we have 2 days of Purim (part 1)

04.03.2014  Rabbi Dr. Darrell Ginsberg’s Shiurim

Why do we have 2 days of Purim (part 2)

04.03.2014  Rabbi Dr. Darrell Ginsberg’s Shiurim

Drinking on Purim

04.03.2014  Rabbi Dr. Darrell Ginsberg’s Shiurim

Mishloach Manot

04.03.2014  Rabbi Dr. Darrell Ginsberg’s Shiurim

Rabbi yosef mizrachi The Greatest Baal Teshuva (Miami Beach)

 13.02.2014

מגילת אסתר, שיעור …: הרב ד”ר חגי בן ארצי בבית חגלה

02.03.2014

הרב ד”ר חגי בן ארצי מנתח את התנ”ך לאור האמונה, המסורת, ההיסטוריה והארכאולוגיה. השיעורים מתקיימים בבית חגלה בימי שני פעם בשבועיים.
נושא השיעור: מגילת אסתר. עוד שיעורים בווידאו וב-MP3 ב-http://www.jewishjericho.org.il/hebre…
Rav Dr Hagi ben Artzi’s Bible lesson in Beit Hogla east of Jericho: Rav Dr Hagi ben Artzi analyses the stories of the Bible, integrating the perspectives of Jewish tradition & faith, archaeology, history and geography. His lessons are on Mondays, once every two weeks in Beit Hogla east of Jericho.
Today’s subject: The book of Ester (subject to be continued over several weeks).
Listen/view on line or download in MP3 format from our website:http://www.jewishjericho.org.il/hebre…

Midreshet Moriah Alumnae: Rav Berglas- Purim Torah

01.03.2012

Jewish Torah Insights Purim: Esther’s Role

22.02.2010

Available on naaleh.com at:http://www.naaleh.com/viewclass/2456/…

In this Torah shiur (class) Rabbi Beinish Ginsburg discusses Esther’s role in the megillah, and the seeming switch in her persona.  This Torah class is available online in streaming video and for download in mp3 and ipod video formats.

Alahot Pourim –  Partie 1

12.02.2014

Alahot Pourim –  Partie 2

12.02.2014

Alahot Pourim – Michlouah manot – Partie 3

12.02.2014

הרב יוסף מזרחי | מסילת ישרים רמח”ל

 19.01.2014

בקרו באתר של הרב יוסף מזרחיhttp://www.divineinformation.com/hebrew

Pourim : la Meguila d’Esther entièrement lue

par le Rav Ovadia !

13.02.2013

Torah-Box vous propose une lecture complète du rouleau d’Esther par le Rav Ovadia Yossef… en personne. Dans synagogue à Har Nof, sur Hakablan 45.

http://www.torah-box.com

Lecture de la Meguilat Esther Chiourim.com

07.03.2012

Lecture complète de la Meguilat Esther site Chiourim.Com
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פורים, מגילת אסתר ב הרב בן ציון מוצפי חובה!!!

11.02.2013

הרה”ג משה לוי זצ”ל – Purim מצוות היום ומוקף בן יומו

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הרב פינטו משמש כנשיא קהילת שובה ישראל
שמונה מעל 20,000 חברים, ב 23 מרכזים רוחניים ברחבי העולם.

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הרב יאשיהו פינטו שמחת פורים

25.01.2014

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01.01.2013

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13.02.2014

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הרב עובדיה יוסף שליט”א Porim 2 המשך הלכות פורים התשע”ד

12.02.2014

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הרב זמיר כהן- הלכות תענית אסתר וחג פורים

10.01.2013

לעילוי נשמת: שבתאי ארמא בן דינה
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וישליצקי – ערוץ מאיר – פרשת שבוע – שיעורי תורה – יהדות

03.03.2013

טיפ: הרשמו לערוץ שלנו ותקבלו עדכון על כל סרט חדש שנעלה!
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חג פורים הרב יוסף בן פורת חובה לצפות מרתק ביותר!!!

11.06.2011

שלום חברים! כל מי שיכול בבקשה ממכם כל סרט טוב שאתם רואים ממה שאני העלתי או אחרים כמובן רק סרטי יהדות תלחצו על אהבתי וגם תגובה טובה או תודה וכמה זה חיזק אותכם זה מאוד חשוב לי ונותן כח להמשיך להעלות סרטים ליוטיוב תודה לכולם! שלום חברים! כל מי שיכול בבקשה ממכם כל סרט טוב שאתם רואים ממה שאני העלתי או אחרים כמובן רק סרטי יהדות תלחצו על אהבתי וגם תגובה טובה או תודה וכמה זה חיזק אותכם זה מאוד חשוב לי ונותן כח להמשיך להעלות סרטים ליוטיוב תודה לכולם! מעוניינים לשמוע עצות מקצועיות בחינוך ילדים?http://www.DifferentEducation.org.ilhttp://www.DifferentEducation.org.il הקליקו לעצות מקצועיות בחינוךילדים

הרב עובדיה יוסף שליט”א Purim מהלכות פורים התשע”ד

05.02.2014
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הרב מרדכי שריקי שליט”א ברדיו מנטה

05.02.2014
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הרב זמיר כהן – סוד האותיות ושם האדם חלק

29.08.2013
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WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT: You can build something indestructible that lasts.

20.09.2012

Rav Noach Weinberg on The Six Constant Mitzvos: Mitzvah

02.04.2011

Video from http://jewishpathways.com/
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Jewish Torah Insights Purim: Pride and Power

Available on naaleh.com at: http://www.naaleh.com/viewclass/2457/single/ In this Torah shiur (class) on Purim, Mrs. Shira Smiles …

Jewish Torah Insights: Purim

Available on naaleh.com at: http://www.naaleh.com/viewclass/2455/single/ In this shiur (Torah class) on chinuch, Mrs. Shira Smiles, Rebbetzin …

Purim: A Time to Speak, A Time to be Silent

Available on naaleh.com at: http://www.naaleh.com/viewclass/2458/single/ In this Torah shiur (class) on Purim, Mrs. Shoshi

Tiferet Shiur on Purim by Mrs. Haber

21.02.2013
Mrs.Sara Leah Haber provides a deeper insight into the concept of simcha. May the proper understanding of simcha bring all of us to the ideal level of Purim celebration! Purim Samayach!

Jewish Recipes : 24JEWISH Alerts Section jewish Recipes for PURIM Please Ask the Rabbi about Kashrut

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How to Make Homemade Hamantaschen for Purim [HD] | איך לאפות אוזני המן לפורים

12.03.2014

This simple how-to video will show you how to make and bake your very own homemade kosher “hamantaschen” cookies for purim. All you need is some sugar cookie dough, a rolling pin, baking paper, assorted preserves (not jelly) or other filling of your choice, some flour, and an oven. Roll out the dough into thick patties, use a glass to cut out circles, then place the filling in the middle, after which you can space them out on a cookie sheet and bake them until they are light brown. Enjoy and don’t forget to let them cool down before storing or eating them!

The recipe used was from Sharon’s Sweets.

וידאו פשוט יראה לכם כיצד להכין ולאפות אוזני המן לפורים. כל מה שאתה צריכים זה רק קצת בצק סוכר, מערוך, נייר אפיה, ריבה או מילוי אחר של הבחירה שלכם, קצת קמח, ו תנור. מרדדים את הבצק קציצות עבות, השתמש כוס לחתוך עיגולים, ומניחים את המילוי באמצע, לאחר מכן תוכל שטח אותם על נייר אפייה ואופים אותם עד שהם בצבע חום בהיר. תהנו ואל תשכחו לתת להם להתקרר לפני שתאחסנו או לאכול אותם!

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Hummus Lina Jerusalem חומוס לינא בעתיקה

Joy of Kosher  Summer Recipes

The Best Gefilte Fish Cake Recipe

29.03.2012

This kosher for Passover gefilte fish recipe is so good you will want to make it all year. It is a fantastic way to change up your jarred gefilte fish.

16.03.2012

Jewish Recipes: http://www.jewishrecipes.org

Italian Jewish Cooking Traditional Recipes and Menus Edda Servi Machlin

05.11.2010

Secure Ordering: Order NOW: http://www.jewishrecipes.org/jewish-c…

Italian Jewish Cooking Traditional Recipes and Menus Edda Servi Machin

Street Food in Israel

 07.08.2011

Street food is enjoying a revival around the world … and the Israeli street is packed with mouth-watering morsels.

If you enjoy food, then in Israel you don’t have to splash out on expensive restaurants, instead you can enjoy one of the many inexpensive eateries that line the streets of the country’s cities and towns.

Fresh, authentic and quintessentially Mideast fare is on offer — from falafel, deep-fried balls of mashed chickpeas, fava beans and herbs; to shwarma, slices of turkey, chicken or lamb shaved off a huge slab of meat rotating on a big spit; or hummus, a spread made of crushed chickpeas, tehini sauce, lemon, olive oil, salt and garlic.

For the connoisseurs, there’s also sabich, a sandwich made of fried eggplant, hard-boiled egg, salad and a mango pickle; shakshuka, a pan-fried casserole of poached eggs and spicy tomato sauce; or bourekas, pastry dough stuffed with mushrooms, mashed potato, spinach or cheese.

In an age when fast food has become synonymous with junk food, Israel’s street food vendors are proving that fast food doesn’t have to be tasteless or unhealthy.

Kosher Food – more than just Jewish cuisine

 18.04.2010

Kosher Food is the fastest growing brand of quality right now – growing at a rate of about 20% per year, with most of its consumers being non-Jewish. If you’re vegan, vegetarian, someone who wants clean, ethically processed meat and poultry, or looking for dairy or wheat free products, Kosher food is for you!

Artichokes Jewish-style ( carciofi alla giudia ) – Italian recipe

22.03.2012

The artichokes Jewish-style (carciofi alla giudia) is a traditional recipe from Rome, that greatly enhances the flavor and taste of the artichoke! Find this and many more recipes on the Giallozafferano App in English http://itunes.apple.com/app/giallozaf…

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Today at the market I bought these beautiful globe artichokes, Romanesco variety, and I want to make a traditional recipe of the Roman-Jewish cuisine: the artichokes Jewish-style. Let’s make it together!
Ingredients for 4 servings:
Artichokes Jewish-style
(4 servings)
• 4 globe artichokes (Romanesco) • 1 lemon
• salt and pepper to taste
• 3 pints (1 ½ lt) of extra virgin olive oil
The first and most important step of this recipe is to clean and cut the artichokes: take a bowl of cold water, cut and squeeze a lemon, but, before that, rub your hands with it: as you all know, cleaning artichokes make your hands turn black, so the lemon will help save your fingers! Squeeze and mix the juice with the water, in which the artichokes will be soaked, to prevent them from turning brown as well. Add the squeezed lemon, too… and now, let’s start: get hold of a paring knife like this, but before that, pull off the tough outer leaves of the artichokes, until you get to the tender ones. When the base of the leaves is lighter in colour, that is the edible part, so you can stop. Take the paring knife, with a curved blade … and make a horizontal cut, to remove the upper half of the leaves. As you can see, you can rotate the artichoke with one hand and cut the leaves with the other one… and work your way to the centre. It looks like a rose bud. At this point, the artichoke is ready, you just need to cut off the bottom of the stem, if it’s too long, and remove the scales at the base, along with the fibrous outer part of the stem. Now the artichoke is perfectly cleaned, so plunge into the water, which has been acidulated with lemon juice, and let it sit for at least 10 minutes, perhaps using a plate to keep it down, and repeat with the remaining artichokes.
After 10 minutes, take the artichokes out of the water and place them upside down to drain. Now beat them one against the other to remove the excess water and open the leaves a little. Pat them dry… in the meantime, heat the oil, it has to be olive oil, to about 300°F (150°C), so it should be hot, but not too hot; you may also use a deep fryer. Here we are, the oil is at the right temperature, so add the artichokes… and allow them to fry for at least 10-15 minutes, it depends on the size of the artichoke; as you can notice, this recipe calls for a large amount of oil, because the artichokes should be submerged; if they’re not completely covered, like this one, you can turn them over occasionally.
It’s time to take the artichokes out of the oil; to test for doneness, insert a fork into the bottom of the artichoke: if you can pierce it easily, the artichoke is done and ready to be drained. Now let them cool.
Take the cooled artichokes and pull the leaves apart to expose the centre; as you can see this artichoke variety has no thorns and no hairy choke, otherwise they should be removed during preparation. Now season the inside with salt and pepper. Then deep-fry again for a couple of minutes, to make them more crispy. At this step, some people sprinkle the artichokes with white wine or water. Now drain the artichokes… and repeat with the others.
While you are frying, drain the artichoke leaves with a slotted spoon, they taste like potato chips, so they are excellent to eat! Now let’s see if they taste as good as the original ones… yes, they do! Enjoy your carciofi alla giudia!

ליצן מבצק סוכר – איך ליצור קאפקייקס שוקולד מיוחד לכבוד פורים

05.03.2014

http://www.tikita.co.il/sugarclown ליצן מבצק סוכר – סדרת סרטונים ללימוד עבודה עם בצק סוכר לילדים ולמבוגרים. בסרטון הזהhttp://youtu.be/3XTLsArK0Fk מראה שני צולפה איך לקשט מאפינס שוקולד בעזרת בצק סוכר וטוש אכיל לכבוד פורים. אפשר גם לקשט בעזרת הליצן קאפקייקס שוקולד ועוגת יום הולדת צבעונית ומיוחדת. כנסו לאתר תיקיתה להדפסת ותמצאו מתכונים לקאפקייקס שוקולד ולעוגת שוקולד פרווה אותה תוכלו לקשט עם מגוון קישוטים מבצק סוכרhttp://www.tikita.co.il/sugarcakes4u

טיפ לפורים – הכנת כוסות לחיים משוקולד

03.03.2014

איך להכין כוסות לחיים משוקולד, שלב אחר שלב, ולהשתמש בהם לעיצוב אוירה

Les Juifs Tunisiens de Belleville

 07.09.2009

La Goulette sur Seine, à Belleville dans le 20ème arrondissement de Paris, bienvenue chez les juifs tunisiens

Kosher Revolution’s Geila Hocherman Makes Hamentashen

 06.03.2012

Kosher Revolution author Geila Hocherman, teaches how to make hamentashen, not the run of the meal, horrible tasting ones, rather her innovative fillings are the stuff legends are made of!

Learn and Live – Purim for Children in Israel

03.03.2014

Homentash

27.02.2014  Culinary Art by Sarah Liberman  

Happy Purim !

 27.02.2014

Learn about Purim and where to get the best Hamantaschen in 30 seconds – ! From Delice Bakery . . .

Making Hamantacshen part 1 להכין אוזני המן לחג פורים.mp4

02.03.2012

Cuisine Juive Tunisienne – – La Pkaïla – Tajine d’épinard et haricot blanc

22.04.2009

La Pkaïla est un tajine vert, à base d’épinards confits et de haricots blancs, on le mange traditionnellement avec de la semoule de couscous, c’est un régal !.
Ce jour là, évitez d’avoir un emploi du temps trop chargé après le repas quand même, c’est une cuisine riche et un plat d’hiver très adapté, bien qu’on le mange chez nous en toutes saisons 🙂
Bon appétit !

Cuisine Juive Tunisienne

c’est casher!

28.07.2010

du faisan ,de la sauterelle etc.. un repas casher organisé a Jérusalem pour redécouvrir des gouts perdus !!!

JN1’s Ron Jacobsohn reports from the opening recption of the French Culinary Week

 24.02.2014

Ron Jacobsohn, JN1 Israel Correspondent, Jaffa
Nineteen of France’s top chefs have arrived in Israel to cook with nineteen local chefs contemporary French cuisine in six cities, from Beer Sheba in the south to Nazareth in the north, in the week long festival called: So Frenchy so Tasty.

The French Ambassador to Israel, Patrick Maisonnave, claims the massive investment by the French government in cultural events in Israel has nothing to do with the state of the Jews in France.

Hamentaschen Cookies

21.02.2014

Recette de Baklava ou Baklawa – 750 Grammes

 18.09.2013

Le baklava c’est un peu le mille-feuille oriental ! Une couche successive de pâte filo et de beurre, superposées et un mélange de fruits secs, le tout relevé de fleur d’oranger ou de rose… Un délice à partager !

Une recette proposée par Chef Damien et Nadia du blog ‘Paprikas’ pour 750 Grammes.

Ingrédients pour les Baklavas :
20 feuilles de pâte Filo
150g de pistaches
100g de noix
200g d’amandes mondées
3 c à s bombées de sucre glace
1 c à s d’eau de fleur d’oranger
Miel

Wine Jerusalem 2014 – Kosher Wine Expo | תערוכת היין הכשר

20.02.2014

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – FEBRUARY 21, 2014 – EDITORIAL NEWS VIDEO

Leading up to the wine season before purim and pesach, the annual kosher Wine Jerusalem expo took place at Binyanei Hauma in Jerusalem. Attracting alcohol stores and distributors from around the world, the expo boasted the largest collection of kosher wines in the world under one roof. Wine tasters, connoisseurs, and reviewers gathered to offer their opinions on some of the finest grape products available today on the kosher market. The event, which was also open to the public for a fee, attracted people from across the Jewish spectrum as they explored new wines.

(YWN – Israel Desk)

How to Make Challah Bread

05.11.2009

Watch more How to Bake Bread videos:http://www.howcast.com/videos/239214-…

Making this braided egg bread from scratch is worth the effort.

Step 1: Mix yeast and water
Mix the warm water, 1/4 cup of flour, and the yeast together in a large bowl, and let it stand for 10 to 20 minutes, until it begins to foam and puff up.

Step 2: Beat in sugar, oil, eggs, and salt
Whisk in the sugar, oil, three eggs, and salt.

Tip
You can substitute ¼ cup honey for the sugar.

Step 3: Add the flour
Add in the rest of the flour 1 cup at a time, kneading it in with your hands once the mixture thickens. Knead for about five minutes until smooth, adding flour if it’s too sticky. Put the dough in a clean bowl, cover it with plastic wrap, and let it rise until the dough has doubled in size, about two hours.

Step 4: Punch it
Punch the dough down and transfer it to a lightly-floured surface. Knead for about five minutes, adding flour if needed.

Step 5: Make a braid
Divide the dough into three equal parts and roll each piece into an approximately 9-inch long rope. Braid the three ropes together, and pinch the ends together to seal.

Step 6: Let it sit
Put the braid on a greased baking sheet, cover with a dishcloth, and let it rise until it has doubled in size. The dough should stay dented when you poke it, instead of springing back into place.

Step 7: Preheat oven
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Beat the remaining egg and brush it on the top of the braid. Sprinkle with poppy seeds if you like.
Step 8: Bake
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until bread is golden brown. Test for doneness by taking it out of the oven and rapping it on the bottom with your knuckles; if it sounds hollow, it’s ready.
Tip
If the top is browning too fast, tent it with foil.
Step 9: Enjoy!
Cool at least one hour before slicing. If you have any left over, use it for French toast in the morning!

Did You Know?
Challah loaves are shaped into spirals for the celebration of the Jewish New Year.

מפרום חצילים – ישראל אהרוני

 02.05.2011

השף ישראל אהרוני מציג לנו מתכון פשוט להכנת מפרום חצילים. למידע נוסף, בקרו באתר מתכון בטוח: http://www.matkon-batuah.co.il/item/%…

Jewish Food Kasha Kasha Recipes Kupecheskaya Russian Jewish

17.02.2014  Ask the Rabbi about Kashrut

I have been taking requests for about six months now and doing mostly Asian and Italian cuisines as they are my fave cuisines. The fact is that I LOVE all food and that is why I cook. Last week one of my subbers made a request that I cook some Jewish food. To tell the truth I was stumped by the request because I have never cooked Jewish food. I mean I have eaten matzo ball soup and I make and eat chopped liver and I have eaten at Jewish deli’s but I have never made Jewish food/cuisine. So I did some research and I came up with a traditional Jewish comfort food called Kasha! This week I am going to make the Russian Jewish version of this traditional Jewish comfort food. It is usually called Kasha Varnishkes but in Russian it’s called “Kupecheskaya.” It is a version of Kasha made with onions, garlic, mushrooms and bowtie pasta with the addition of scrambled or crumbled hard boiled eggs. I will be using scrambled eggs as they soak up the flavors of this dish quite well. You can find the exact recipe for this dish on my blog @ http://www.richardblainesezcooking.co

Hamantashen for Hunger 2014

02.02.2014

To order Hamantashen from CBS USY, please go to:
http://www.tinyurl.com/hamantashenfor…

Questions or Comments:
Matt Rissien, Congregation Beth Shalom Youth Director: MRissien@BethShalomNB.Org

Izzy’s Traditional Jewish Recipes

 08.03.2007

Izzy originally from Poland, is an amazing person who spent from age 18 to 24 in German concentration camps doing slave labor, including Auschwitz. Never having had more then a 7th grade education he was liberated in 1945 with nothing more then the clothes he was given, yet he stayed in Germany and became a millionaire there while still in his thirties. In 1964 he came to the US and continued doing business here. Now at 85 he is retired doing the snowbird thing and doing his favorite thing, cooking. Everybody who has tasted his food raves about it, and everyone who knows him thinks he is a real character.
Just for a taste here are his Potato Latkes
available at http://www.simonsezproduction.com and Ebay
This is a 2 volumes, 2 discs DVD of Auschwitz survivor Izzy cooking up a storm in his kitchen. Watch him make Gefilte Fish, Chicken Soup, Lockschen Kugel, Potato Kugel, Potato Latkes, Horse Raddish, Brisket & Veal, Chicken Dish, Matze Brei and Butter Crumb Cake. Everything you need for the holidays. I’ve eaten this food and words can’t describe it. Don’t buy gefilte fish out of a jar make it from scratch, and you’ve never had chicken soup like this before. No wonder Izzy has so much energy at 85. He’s quite a character and fun to watch. This is truly food from the good old days and you can watch it being made. How easy is that to follow?

Now more recipes added: Izzy’s Cookies and Baking Dough, Apple Cake, Goulash, and Cucumber Salad. (The Goulash is my favorite) and really simple to make.

Oznei Haman 01

16.02.2014

מיכאלה ותמי אופות אוזני המן ללא גלוטן

25.02.2012

למצוא אוזני המן ברשתות ובמאפיות זאת לא בעיה, אבל מה עושים חולי הצליאק שלהם מגוון פחות רחב? פניתי למי שנחשבת לגורו של האפייה ללא גלוטן, מחברת הספר “אפייה ללא גלוטן”, תמי בן דוד שלה גם בלוג קולינרי בתפוז שבו היא מעלה את המתכונים שמותאמים לצרכים המיוחדים גם לה

http://www.mymichaela.com/index.php/c…

Chicken Soup cooked by Jewish Bubbie Ruth Zimmer on Loving Spoonfuls

18.05.2009

Winnipeg Jewish Bubbie Ruth Zimmer shows David Gale how to make classic chicken soup. From the pilot of Loving Episode.

Kosher Cooking

 28.08.2010

Jeff and Tara show you how to cook chicken cacciatore–Kosher style.

Jewish Cuisine 2/3

 19.07.2012

Delicious slow cooked food, warm bread and the famous gefilte fish — the Jewish cuisine is the ultimate comfort food. Learn how to make these mostly Ashkenazi recipes such as the classic Chicken Soup, Gefilte Fish, Cholent, Borscht and the famous Orange and Almond Cake.

Happy Cooking!

(All rights belong to SBS)

Jewish Cuisine 3/3

 19.07.2012

Jewish Recipe for Shabbat by IsraeliTov : Hamin moroccan style

How to Make Basic Potato Knish Filling and Kasha Potato Filling

26.07.2013 Leah Cooks Kosher

Follow Leah as she prepares the filling for her Knishes

How to make Ultra Fabulous Batter – Fried Chicken

12.12.2012

Frying chicken Kosher-style without the greasy mess. Watch Seattle’s top Kosher caterer, Leah Jaffee, make the most mouth-watering fried chicken you’ve ever tasted.

Everyday Kosher Cooking

15.10.2013

Everyday Kosher Cooking presents Chaia Frishman (of Fruit Platters & More)

Kosher Honey Chicken Recipe

 25.01.2010

http://joyofkosher.com/recipe/honey-c… | Jamie Geller from JoyofKosher.com shows you how to make her delicious Kosher Honey Chicken recipe. This easy to make Kosher recipe is perfect for holidays or an elegant dinner party. Jamie Geller is the author of the critically-acclaimed cookbook, “Quick and Kosher: Recipes from the Bride Who Knew Nothing” (Feldheim Publishers, 2007)

For all your kosher food needs, please shop http://www.kosher.com


Beignets- juifs de sefrou-marocain Sfinj

ספינג’-מרוקאים+מתכון

 01.12.2010

הספינג’ של- yaffa banouz -bente sefrou marocmoreshet

Sfenje Moroccan doughnuts / سفنج مغربي Beignets marocains
מתכון: – 1, ק”ג קמח / שתי כפות שמרים יבשים / כפית סוכר / כף ערק / כפית מלח / שתי כפות שמן / כ-3-כוסות מים פושרים +,

אופן הכנה: – את הקמח , השמרים , הסוכר , מאחדים ולשים ביחד לבצק דליל , אוספים את הבזק לגומה אחת בעזרת השמן והמלח ועוד שתי כפות מים ,
לתת לבצק לנוח ולטפוח עד שהוא מכפיל את נפחו כ-שעה לערך , לגלות אותו וללוש שוב , לאחר כ-1/2 שעה אפשר להתחיל במלכת הטיגון, שאת ההליך רואים בשרטון !!!!!

חג חנוכה שמח !!!!!

צולם ע”י –yaffa banouz -054-5913698
http://www.marocmoreshet.com

OHEL MALKA – Pourim 5771

29.03.2011

L’association a distribué 275 repas pour le Michté de Pourim 5771.
Un repas comprenant : Pains, riz, Pommes de Terres, viandes, Schnitzel, Salades, friandises et jouets pour les enfants.

איך להכין כדורי שוקולד טבעיים שילדים אוהבים

05.06.2011

Our Mother’s Recipes – Noodle Kugel

 08.02.2014

Get the recipe for The Best Ever Classic Jewish Noodle Kugel at See how to.

This is the second video in the Our Mothers Recipe series with Dorene Sager and Armin Feldman. They are demonstrating their mother’s recipe for noodle kuge.

Jamie and friends make an easy classic Kosher Spinach Noodle Kugel, the ultimate in Jewish food. Get the recipe here

Watch more Happy Hanukkah videos: People of any faith can prepare this fanta.

Watch me make noodle kugel and explain how to make it healthier! Here is the recipe for my kugel!

Happy Hanukkah from The Sam Livecast! We’re making a strangely delicious Noodle Kugel dish. It’s egg noodles but sweet. It has cottage cheese but is amazingl.

To view the next video in this series click: This video will show how to mix the ingredients for noodle kugel.

Order it online now! Michael, King and owner of Kosher Kingdom, shares his recipe for sweet noodle .

It’s easy. It’s tasty. It’s a traditional family recipe for the holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Now you can make Noodle Kugel! BTW.recipe uses an .

Jspace Food tells you how to make a savory noodle kugel, the perfect side dish for any meal! Find more recipes, tips and tricks for the Jewish kitchen at htt.

Kosher Deli Restaurant in White Plains New York. Making noodle kugel.

Denison’s Cross-Cultural Community is proud to announce the first annual International Food and Culture Festival! Inherent to one’s migration is the movement.

Get the App from Google Play: ☆ Kitchen Cat ☆ Apple Noodle Kugel Recipe. A recipe from the KC Des.

To view the next video in this series click: This video will show how to bake noodle kugel.

Get the App from Google Play: ☆ Kitchen Cat ☆ Apple Lokshen Noodle Kugel Recipe. A recipe from th.

Our Pineapple Noodle Pudding is a tropical twist on the original Eastern European dish known as kugel. Serve this warm or chilled for brunch or dessert and.

Jodie enjoyed her dinner last night – especially her noodle kugel from Aunt Joan – she had 2 helpings.

it tasted good,, i couldnt finish it all! mirracle noodles 100 g eggwhites 1 apple, chopped sweetener which bakes good cinnamon 0 cal non stick spray for loa.

This Philly Noodle Kugel is a great side dish that compliments any meat, fish, or poultry entrée. Serve either warm or cold. Whether you are traditionally Je.

This easy basic potato kugel recipe is a traditional baked Jewish casserole, served as a side dish. Moist on the inside and crispy golden on the outside it i.

12 oz wide egg noodles, cooked 4 min. 16 oz sour cream, 16 oz farmer’s cheese, 6 eggs, 1/4 c brown sugar, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp salt, bla.

Many people are unfamiliar with kugels, which are baked puddings associated with Eastern European Jews. They typically feature ingredients such as rice, nood.

I’ve finally got my act together to provide you with my families traditional holiday dish after years of being asked what is it and how do you make it. Enjoy.

| Jamie Geller from Kosher.com shows you how to make her simple and Kosher Cran-Apple Crunch Kug.

Le Nougat

14.02.2013
Voici une recette de pâtisserie orientale, qui est originaire d’Algérie, et que m’a transmise Nelly. Elle fait traditionnellement ce nougat lors de Pourim, une fête juive pendant le mois de février. Rien de compliqué à faire pour peu qu’on fasse bien attention à ne pas faire brûler les dattes sur le feu, et qu’on respect le temps de cuisson.
Ce nougat est un régal, essayez le vous m’en direz des nouvelles !
Merci à Nelly T. pour la recette 🙂

Le Roulé brioché “Crunch”special Pourim du Chef Stéphane Laïk

21.02.2013
Le Chef Stéphane Laïk vous délivres les secrets de son Roulé brioché “Crunch” au chocolat et noisettes caramélisées ;une recette special Pourim

Ingrédients pour 2 roulés.

4 verres de farine blanche tamisée (600 g)
1 cube de levure fraîche
1/2 verre de sucre (100 g)
100 g de beurre mou
2 œufs de taille moyenne
1/2 verre d’huile de tournesol
1 pincée de sel
Zest finement haché d’une orange ou d’un citron
1 cuillère à café d’extrait de vanille Bourbon ou 1 sachet de sucre vanillé

Les oreillettes de Pourim. Cuisson1

23.10.2011
Les oreillettes de Pourim.

Let’s Talk Nosh: Makin’ Hamantaschen

28.02.2013

Television chef Jeanette Friedman of ABC’s “The Taste”, let’s us into her world of cooking as she bakes hamantaschen assisted by Folkbiene Business Manager Jill Goldstein with a cameo appearance by Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek.

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Director, Marketing Communications: Christopher Massimine

12 Reasons why we eat Hamentashen on Purim

08.03.2012

The history and origin Hamentashen

Cookies are centerpiece of Jewish celebration

20.02.2013

Jews prepare to celebrate Purim

Purim Pastry! Hamantashen/Oznei Haman

09.03.2011

Baking Oznei Haman/Hamantashen for purim is so much fun. Enjoy!

LG
Recipe from back of poppyseed can!

Making of Bakery Hamantaschen for Purim – הכנת אוזני המן מאפיה לפורים

06.03.2012

Our friendly local bakers Guy and Avi at the Yesh Bakery in Modi’in Illit show us how they bake kosher Hamantaschen for Purim in the spirit of the Jewish holiday.

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אופים ידידותי שלנו גיא ואבי במאפייה יש במודיעין עילית הראה לנו איך הם אופים אזני המן לפורים ברוח החג.

How to make Hamantashen for Purim

 07.03.2009

Making Hamantashen

Recette facile חלה “challah” pain traditionnel du Shabbat

 04.03.2012

Matériel utilisé pour cette vidéo :
Musique titrée “Cafe anatolia I love secret” prise sur youtube
Cette vidéo reflète ma propre croyance indépendamment à la croyance du compositeur de cette musique et de ceux qui l’accompagnent.

Vidéo filmée par moi-même.
Recette facile חלה “challah” pain traditionnel du Shabbat

Purim Section Events, Jewish Life : 24JEWISH ALERTS large selection in each section

Greater Boston’s First Annual Pre-Purim Drinking Contest (Mar. 8, 2014) with Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe

 12.03.2014

Greater Boston’s First Annual
Pre-Purim Drinking Contest & Melavah Malkah

…was held at the Adams Street Shul in Newton, Massachusetts, on March 8, 2014.

The wonderful (and entertaining) Torah Thoughts presented by Rabbi Norbert Weinberg and Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe at that event are recorded in this video.

The contents of the video are as follows:

0:00
Welcome & Insights by Rabbi Norbert Weinberg

CONTEST PROGRAM
Rabbi Yaffe’s Commentary:

Let it Go Frozen – It’s a Purim Song

13.03.2014

Let it Go remix for Purim.

Purim

 

Purim Remix

13.03.2014

Some good music to play on Purim

Chabad Serving Drexel 2014

10.03.2014

Purim Megillah Reading at the chabad hope to see you there

10.03.2014

30 ANOS BEIT CHABAD BELEM

10.03.2014

Judging The Dishes – Chabad Cookoff

 10.03.2014

BOB DYLAN Hava Nagila הבה נגילה

30.05.2009

Bob Dylan accompanies son-in-law Peter Himmelman and Harry Dean Stanton in this unorthodox rendition of “Hava Nagila.” for a telethon.

Check out the rabbi who tells Harry Dean he should be the cantor in his synagogue! A classic.

25th Anniversary of Chabad, a Lubavitch organization.
Los Angeles, California
September 24, 1989

AVISHAI COHEN @ Filloa Jazz Club (A Coruña, 5.5.13) – A Night in Tunisia [HD]

07.05.2013

Avishai Cohen (trompeta), Omer Avital (contrabaixo) e Iago Fernández (batería) interpretan esta composición de Dizzy Gillespie.
VI ciclo 1906 JAZZ | A CORUÑA | 05.05.2013 | jazzFilloa

The Mooche (Duke Ellington cover) Three Cohens live with Aaron Goldberg 2012

 11.10.2012

soprano saxophone: Yuval Cohen
tenor saxophone: Anat Cohen
trumpet: Avishai Cohen
piano: Aaron Goldberg
bass: Reuben Rogers
drums: Rudy Royston

6. L’ma’an Achai – Carlebach (Selichot 2010)

08.01.2011  Yochanan Sebastian Winston

6. L’ma’an Achai – Carlebach  (Selichot 2010)

This is Asian Jewish Life!

09.03.2014

This is Asian Jewish Life! A look at some the incredible people we have met and the amazing places we have been. Special thanks to Irene Orleansky for the music.

Jewish Food Festival

09.03.2014

Temple Emanu-El hosted it’s annual Jewish Food Festival today.
The event was brought back by popular demand after the Sisterhood of Temple Emanu-El was unable to put on the festival last year.
Although Temple Emanu-El hosted the festival, all walks of life were welcomed today.

She Speaks with Authority: Women in Karaite Judaism

 08.03.2014

Shawn Lichaa gives a brief talk about the religious standing of Karaite Jewish women from the middle ages through today. Shawn dedicated this talk in honor of the life and achievement of Sheila Cohen.

Per Shawn Lichaa: “In reviewing the video, I note that I stumbled on some words when speaking about the Egyptian Karaite Marriage crisis. For clarification, the ‘dowry’ is what the bride’s father would contribute to the new marriage. The ‘bride price’ is what was paid by grooms/husbands in ancient Israel. (E.g., Exodus 22:16-17.)”

Bibliography: The talk discusses three works that focus on Karaite Judaism, which are listed here for your reference.

The Stains of Culture: An Ethno-Reading of Karaite Jewish Women by Ruth Tsoffar

Karaite Marriage Documents from the Cairo Geniza: Legal Tradition and Community Life in Mediaeval Egypt and Palestine by Judith Olszowy-Schlanger

Male Greed, Female Influence and the Future of the Egyptian Karaites: Social change in al-Kalīm, 1945-1951 (A dissertation submitted to the University of Manchester for the
degree of Master of Arts in the Faculty of Humanities 2013) by Katharine Halls

Gershon Veroba – Morasha@50 Concert

06.03.2014

Gershon Veroba – Morasha@50 Concert Motzei Shabbos February 22 2014 at Purchase College Theater In Westchester, Music Conducted by the Legendary Yisroel Lamm

About the Concert

Hosted by Nachum Segal, Starring Abie Rotenberg, Baruch Levine, Eitan Katz, Benny Friedman and Edan Pinchot,

Morasha at 50 Concert, a Journey Through song

For a half a century, music has been at the core of the Morasha experience. From Shiria to Shabbat, Color War to camp plays, the ram kol to a kumsitz — it’s often the songs from our camp experience that triggers the most tangible memories. For our 50th anniversary celebration, we thought it would only be appropriate to celebrate our fifty summers through song.

Whether you’re an alumnus, camper, parent, staff member, or someone who simply loves music — you’re invited to join us for the biggest event of Camp Morasha’s history. Through music and multimedia, our star-studded lineup and surprise alumni musicians will tell the story of Morasha. Following the concert, the entire audience is invited to a gala dessert reception to reconnect with camp friends and staff.

The Spielberg Jewish Film Archive – Jewish Life in Lvov

 25.03.2010

Name: Jewish Life in Lvov
Year: 1939
Duration: 00:10:07
Language: English

Abstract: Jewish life in Lvov, Poland, on the eve of World War II.

The Spielberg Jewish Film Archive –
The 500 films, selected for the virtual cinema, reflect the vast scope of documentary material collected in the Spielberg Archive. The films range from 1911 to the present and include home movies, short films and full length features.

שם: חיים יהודיים בלבוב
שנה: 1939
אורך: 00:10:07
שפה: אנגלית

תקציר: החיים היהודיים בלבוב ערב מלחמת העולם השנייה.

ארכיון הסרטים היהודיים על שם סטיבן שפילברג –
חמש מאות הסרטים שנבחרו עבור הקולנוע הווירטואלי משקפים את ההיקף הנרחב של החומר התיעודי בארכיון שפילברג. באתר ישנם סרטים משנת 1911 ועד ימינו אלה ביתיים, קצרים ובאורך מלא.

כל הזכויות שמורות לארכיון הסרטים היהודיים על שם סטיבן שפילברג ולאוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים 2010; דף הבית; http://www.spielbergfilmarchive.org.il
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Jewish Moroccan Contemporary Artists

20.01.2010

A review of leading contemporary Jewish Moroccan artists, Elbaz, Ben Haim, Cohen Gan and Eliany. Click to add a description…

Beni Melal Women Sung Poetry conference 2013 Hebrew and English

 21.12.2013

Beni Mellal Conference on Women Sung Poetry among Moroccan Jews 2013 was held at the World Center of North African Jewry in Jerusalem in collaboration with Jewish Moroccan Archive.
The event included a community getting together, Sharing food , A video on Beni Mellal and its surroundings made by Marc Eliany, An Art Exhibition by Marc Eliany on Cultural Transitions between Mountains and Seas, Women Sung Poetry by Zohra Biton Cohen, Lectures by professors Ephraim Hazan and Moshe Amar, Lectures by the Minister Amir Peretz and economy professor Momi Dahan .

The event was sponsored by Victor Biton. Zohra Biton made the conference a memorable event, and
Sidney Corcos, Dan Albo, Mimon Cohen and volunteers too many to list by name, as well as,
The World Center of North African Jewry and The Jewish Moroccan Archive made it possible.
Contact jmma@walla.com if you wish to organize or participate, exhibit, lecture, or contribute to similar community conferences.

Jewish Klezmer Music

01.03.2014

Karsten Troyke
Musicians:
Gennadi Desatnik violin
Valery Khoryshman accordeon
Micha Jach double-bass
Jan Hermerschmidt clarinet

buy: https://itunes.apple.com/album/live-k…

Russian Speaking Jews in North America

29.07.2013

The Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) in Jerusalem hosted a briefing by Professor Jonathan Sarna, The Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University, to present his research on the Russian speaking Jews in North America. The briefing is introduced by Natan Sharansky, the Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI).

Professor Jonathan Sarna: Jews come to the “New World”

03.03.2014

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ANTISEMITISM-FREE JEWISH IDENTITY
In contemporary times, the power of antisemitism to form a bulwark against assimilation has declined. We face a paradox−a desire for complete acceptance of Jews within society, while at the same time hoping that younger Jews and coming generations do not choose to assimilate and instead commit to living a Jewish life. How is this to be accomplished?

To Be a Jew in the Free World: Jewish Identity Through the Lens of Modern History
A New Six Week Course by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute.

What was it like for our ancestors to say goodbye to the shtetl, to set out to discover new lives for themselves, along with all of the liberties the free world had to offer? At the dawn of the enlightenment, how did our parents adapt their Judaism to the developments of a modern age? And what can we learn from their struggles to connect deeply with our own Jewish identities?

This new course will give you the opportunity to make sense of your personal Jewishness; it will help you overcome perceived incompatibilities between Judaism and modern society; and it will provide you with the clarity and conviction to pass on a legacy of Jewish pride to the next generation.

Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive – Home And Away

02.03.2014

Home And Away
199?
Hebrew/English
Jewish life in Odessa, Ukraine

בבית ובחוץ
שנות ה90
עברית ואנגלית
חיים יהודיים באודסה, אוקראינה

International Conference of Shluchim 5774-2013 – Feature Film

27.11.2013

L’Chaim – Chabad Tzomo

 02.03.2014

Chabad Tzomo, the eighth track of the acappella L’Chaim (“To Life”) album, Chasidishe Oitzros Volume 1. The album was released on March 15, 2002.

הרבי מלך המשיח

19.10.2012

Making a difference at Chabad House Bowery

02.03.2014

Sarrica Fink talking about the ability to make a difference at Chabad House Bowery.

 Celebrate Purim: ❹ Mitzvahs!

Jewish apps to guide you through the holidays

Jewish apps to guide you through the holidays. From ‘Whack-a-Haman’ to ‘Appy Chanukah,’ whether you’re after spiritual growth or a distraction from 

Purim: A Rejuvenation Of The Torah

The answer is that the central point of the story of Purim is the Jews’ rededication to the Torah over and above the merrymaking, and that this time it 
How Jewish Are You?

Oy, I need to brush up on my Yiddish terms. c.  The story of Queen Esther saving the Jewish population in Persia is read on which holiday: a. Purim.
Vocal music clips: Chazzan Helfgott & The 
Torah Café presents two vocal music video clips of Chazzan Yitzchak Meir Helfgott and the 
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8th Day: Behind the Lyrics – Jewish Music Report
How does the Chassidic Rebbe, Reb Zusha of Anipoli, inspire non-Jewish record engineers to 
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COL Chavlog #3 plus nigun download – Jewish 
COLlive.com presents: Chavlog, a Chabad niggunim video blog sung and explained by ‘A 
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Behind Scenes Footage of MBD Recording Moshiach 
Footage just showed up on YouTube featuring almost an hour in studio, behind the scenes 
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Sacred scroll

A GIFT—Camarillo residents Joey Lewis, 13, and his father, Lee, hold a Torah scroll, a sacred, handwritten document in the Jewish faith made up of 

Mercaz Harav Students to Visit Rav Kook’s Grave for Fast of Esther

Today (Thursday), on the Fast of Esther, Mercaz Harav Yeshiva (torah academy) students, along with students of other yeshivas,, will be making their 

Survey: Most Israelis are content with their lives
Some 86 percent of Israelis say they are satisfied with their lives • Ultra-Orthodox rank highest, with secular Jews well behind • Married people more satisfied than singles • Israeli Jews overwhelmingly want families of at least two children.

WATCH: TLV Fashion Week — is blue and white the new black? 
Three-day style celebration gets underway in Tel Aviv • Panelists Simona Weinglass, Viktoria Kanar and Maya Kramer discuss the state of fashion in the Jewish state. 

Israel cuts army exemption granted to ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who study 
Reuters Blogs (blog)
Israel cuts army exemption granted to ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who study Torah for life. By Reuters Staff. March 13, 2014. Email · Print · israel jewish ultra-orthodox haredi torahstudy army exemption netanyahu draft. (Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men study 
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Purim: A Rejuvenation Of The Torah
The Jewish Press
The answer is that the central point of the story of Purim is the Jews’ rededication to theTorah over and above the merrymaking, and that this time it was done willingly and with love, unlike at Mount Sinai when it took some coercion. In fact, the joy 
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torah | Keeping the fire burning within requires sacrifice
Jweekly.com
michael kohane “I have nothing to wear” probably was not one of the things the priests of the Tabernacle used to say in the morning. As we learned earlier in the Book of Exodus, they had carefully designed, beautiful clothing that was full of splendor 
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Jewish Unity Live
Jvhri
Russell Raskin of Providence considers Jewish Unity Live one of the preeminent Jewish events, designed to meet the needs of every Jewish person regardless of his or her level of observance. Raskin finds it exciting to see the Jewish community come 
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Family leaves their mark
NorthJersey.com
The Leibowitz Family recently joined scribe Rabbi Levi Selwyn to write a letter in the newTorah for Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley. The next date to write a letter in theTorah is March 30. Call the temple office or go to WriteaTorah.com for 
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Rutgers Alumna seeks to create pluralist society
RU Daily Targum
Pruce believes more work needs to be done because women are still denied the use of any of the hundreds of Torah scrolls made available to men at the Wall. The Torah scrolls are Jewish texts used in prayer containing the history and tradition of Judaism.
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Mercaz Harav Students to Visit Rav Kook’s Grave for Fast of Esther
Arutz Sheva
Today (Thursday), on the Fast of Esther, Mercaz Harav Yeshiva (torah academy) students, along with students of other yeshivas,, will be making their annual visit to the grave of Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook, ztz”l, son of Israel’s first chief rabbi, Rabbi 
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Parshas Tzav
The Jewish Press
This Shabbos is Parashas Zachor. At Shacharis some recite Yotzros in the Reader’s Repetition. We take out two Torah scrolls from the Ark. In the first we read the weekly Parasha of Tzav and call up seven Aliyos. For Maftir we read from the second 
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Maine Film Center To Host Maine Jewish Film Festival Satellite
DigitalJournal.com
The Maine Film Center will host a satellite of the Maine Jewish Film Festival (MJFF) at Railroad Square Cinema on March 22 and 23, 2014. Satellite events will include an opening party, five film screenings, and a visit from filmmaker Monica Haim, who 
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Purim And The Joy Of Life
The Jewish Press
Young or old, wealthy or poor, they were counted as one, and on that fateful day theJewish people would cease to be. According to the ways of the world, and according to the natural course of events, that is what should have happened. But it didn’t 
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MK Orbach: Jewish Home a ‘Real’ Party, Not Just Sectorial
Arutz Sheva
The party’s key input on three major laws discussed and voted on in the Knesset this week prove that “we are involved and active in the dramatic events that affect the government and the coalition.” Jewish Home, he said, was far more than a sectorial 
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Reading Megillah in Tehran: How Iranian Jews Celebrate Purim
Tablet Magazine
And yet, many thousands of Jews continue to freely make their lives in the Islamic Republic, much to the bewilderment of Jews in the West and the government of Israel. Recent fieldwork done in Tehran’s Jewish community shows Jews publicly practicing 
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For Transgender Jews, a Visit to the Western Wall Holds Unique Symbolism
Tablet Magazine
In her memoir, Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders, she documents two separate visits to the Kotel, “one for each side of the mechitza.” The first was in spring 2002, years before her transition, when she went to the men’s side 
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Is environmental education the wave of the Jewish future?
Jweekly.com
More than five months after the Pew Research Center’s “A Portrait of Jewish Americans” survey highlighted rising intermarriage rates and declining connections with organizedJewish life, proponents of a newly released study believe they may have the 
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Israel cuts army exemption granted to ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who study 
Reuters Blogs (blog)
The issue is at the heart of a raging national debate over “sharing the burden” of life in a country where most Jewish men and women are called up for military service when they turn 18. Most ultra-Orthodox Jews, or “Haredim”, a Hebrew term meaning 
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Gardens and earth stewardship in Jewish tradition
Jvhri
There are many ways that gardens and earth stewardship play a role in Jewish life. According to Jewish tradition, the first person (Adam) was placed in the Garden of Eden to work in it and to care for it. In Hebrew, people who help to care for nature 
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Putin’s Jewish embrace: Love, or strategy?
Jweekly.com
To him, the Sochi anecdote illustrates Putin’s positive attitude toward Russian Jewry — an attitude Gorin says is sincere, unprecedented in Russian history and hugely beneficial forJewish life in the country. Others, however, see more cynical motives 
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Rabbi, JDC execs to brief community on Georgia, Ukraine
Jewish Post
“Georgian-speaking Jewry is one of the oldest surviving Jewish communities in the world. The Georgian Jews have an approximately 2,600-year history in the region, and Tbilisi became a center of Jewish life. The city’s religious tolerance is reflected 
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Jewish man hurt by stun gun near Paris synagogue
Jweekly.com
The site of the attack — the 4th arrondissement, or Marais — once was the center ofJewish life in Paris and is considered its historic Jewish quarter. According to a French watchdog group, the assault was among a spate of hate crimes against Jews 
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Israel cuts army exemption to ultra-Orthodox Jews
The Nation
Haredim say the study of holy scriptures is a foundation of Jewish life, that scholars have a right to devote themselves full time to the tradition, and that army service would deny them fulfillment of that religious edict. Changing the so-called 
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Are Jews Putin’s political cover?
Intermountain Jewish News
To him, the Sochi anecdote illustrates Putin’s positive attitude toward Russian Jewry — an attitude Gorin says is sincere, unprecedented in Russian history and hugely beneficial forJewish life in the country. Others, however, see more cynical motives 
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Birnbaum ready to be Jewish voice in National Assembly
Canadian Jewish News
MONTREAL — David Birnbaum has been away from Jewish community affairs for a decade, but he’s ready to assume the mantle of the community’s representative in Quebec City from Lawrence Bergman. “It’s quite a legacy I’m seeking to follow in… It would 
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Kadima gets $1.2 million grant for mid-income new families

“A lot of the Jewish leadership talks the talk but doesn’t walk the walk,”  “Jewish day school makes you fall in love with Jewish life,” he said, citing his 

Torah Group to Present Book of Esther in Sign Language

The Garin Torani (Torah core group) in the city of Herzliya will hold a special reading of the Scroll of Esther, which is read on Purim, accompanied by a 

‘Shalom America’ sets 40th Megillah broadcast

The words of Megilat Esther will take over the airwaves for the 40th consecutive year when “Phil Fink’s Shalom America” presents its annual Purim 

Purim books

The following books about Purim are available at the Aaron Garber Library at the Siegal facility, 26500 Shaker Blvd. in Beachwood. The library is open 

Foolish News

Although it will not film on Shabbat or Jewish holidays, cameras will roll during special events at the house, including visits from local rabbis.

Sunday Lecture at Dance Museum on American-Jewish Music

Robert L. Cohen will present a free lecture and discussion with musical accompaniment, relating American-Jewish Music and African-American Music.

Swampscott welcomes renowned violinist

Music lovers take note: internationally known violinist Yaeko Miranda  Tickets can be purchased on the Boston Jewish Music festival website, 

Purim on the Train Tracks to Unite Jerusalem

The local musical celebrity talks to the Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast about bridging the secular and religious world at the new event center 

Shloime Gertner & Dudi Kalish Release Yiddish CD – Jewish Music Report

Jewish Music Report ⋅ Jewish Music Reporter
Both talented stars of Jewish Music collected and produced this all Yiddish  Shloime describes Dudi as a musical genius, who he in fact calls, Dudi 

Miami Boys Choir Announces 2 Amazing Shows This Pesach – Jewish MusicReport

Shirainu Presents: MIAMI 5774 – ‘UT UT’! Thurs Eve. April 17, 7:45pm @ Brooklyn College. Chol Hamoed Pesach A live presentation of the future.
British PM Cameron Claims Jewish Ancestors
The Haredi Knesset Members who walked out of David Cameron’s speech didn’t miss very much.
cameron at bibi's office flash 90.
Be A Purim Sponsor
Alcohol on Purim is viewed by many as the drinking equivalent of the Autobahn: no limits, no control.
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Despair, Hope And Explosives
The haredim are not afraid of connecting Israeli nationalism to its faith. Just the opposite. They are afraid to connect the Jewish faith to the Israeli nationalism reawakening in Israel.
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Jewish Singles Events – Program One Hundred 
To create an institute to help Jewish singles meet requires the careful guidance of a rabbinic 
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Chabad Nigun Simcha – “The Heart and the 
Thank you ACR, Baltimore. The music is so beautiful that I, as a woman, would really would 
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The Spiritual Difference Between Male and Female 
In resolving an apparent difficulty in one of the laws of sacrifices as it is expressed by Maimonides 
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New JCC aims to nurture Jewish life in Boulder 
“They wanted to create a place for Jewish life to flourish in Boulder,” said Jonathan Lev 
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Have a Really Good Time This Purim

THIS PURIM HAVE A REALLY GOOD TIME�HELP YOURSELF to a precious plateful of opportunity to fulfill the Purim mitzvah of matonos loevyanim, gifts to the poor, by filling the plates of the needy families in Eretz Yisroel.

Due to the worldwide financial situation the needs are greater than ever.

�HELP YOURSELF to a feast of Heavenly reward by bringing joy to thousands of families lacking the basic necessities and truly need your help.

�HELP YOURSELF by helping these needy families this Purim through your tax-deductible gift to Keren Yehoshua V’Yisroel Inc.

We help over 1500 families through the distribution of food coupons. Now is your opportunity to bring joy and happiness to these families. Please sponsor as many families as possible.

Gifts of any amount are greatly appreciated, but please consider sponsoring:Small family – $180, Medium family – $360, Large family – $ 540,
6 small families – $ 1080, 4 medium families – $ 1440,
5 medium families – $ 1800, 4 large families – $ 2160.

Checks can be sent to: Keren Y&Y, 805-A Roosevelt Ct., Far Rockaway, NY 11691

 

 

Section Jewish Communities: 24JEWISH ALERTS large selection videos and feeds in each section

Reading the Megillah in Boyaner Shul

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 19.03.2011

Jews around the globe are celebrating the Purim Holiday Public readings of the Book of Esther (k’riat megillah), in Borough Park section of Brooklyn, NY at The Boyan Shul. Saturday night Mar. 19 2011

Wedding Of Boyaner Rebbe’s Daughter Shevat 5772

23.02.2012

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Wedding Of Boyaner Rebbe’s Daughter Shevat 5772
Gerrer Rebbe in attendance

Hasidic Jews going Gangnam style

09.12.2012

Hasidic Jews going Gangnam style. Did you hear that ?? HASIDIC+GANGNAM STYLE!!!
At Eli Leno’s wedding

UPDATED WITH LYRICS !!!!
פאר א געלאסינע חתונה
יעדער נעמט זיך צוזאם
חבורים עריבום
צוזאמען איינס נאך אנאם
פין אלע עקען פון שטאט
זענען מענטשען יעצט דא
So lets welcome chusson kallah now

אזא הערליכע נאכט
גארנישט קומט נישט דא צו
ווען בכל כח טאנצט מען הויעך
מיט שרי אין אלי
סאיז א זעכערע זאך
אז מען ברענגט אראפ די דאך
So everybody on the floor now

שמחה טוט גלאנצען
אינז גיי מיר טאנצען
לאמיר גיין
מען גייט אנפאנגען
טאנצען גאנגעם
So lets go
Put your hands up in the air and gimme more

Woopaa Lenno Style
Hey, Suri Eli ….

Put your hands up
If your sure that you want more
No its not enough
Pour some wine another cup
let it all out
Lets hear everyone shout
When were dancing on the dance floor

Tonight no expectations
Theres No rules no regulation
Everybody just keep patient cause there’s a party in the nation

Well stop thinking we’ll stop blinking w’ell b drinking
Ya We’ll all be screaming gimme more

יעצט אביסעל ערענסט
פאר א סקאנדע לאמיר ווערען
טי מיך נאר אויס הערען
ווען איך גיי א ברכה שערען
אייביק אין א יעדע צייט
זאלסטי נאר וויסען פון פרייד
יעצט שרייטס אלע ער גייט כר גייט

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YOUR HOLIDAY GUIDE: Purim 5774 – 2014 (March 15-16, 2014)

Your Purim Guide – 2014

 

Editor’s Note

Purim begins this year on Saturday evening, March 15, and continues through Sunday night, March 16. What follows is a brief step-by-step guide to Purim observance. We have also included links to additional Purim resources.

About Purim

The festival of Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar (late winter/early spring). It commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day.”

The Story in a Nutshell

The Persian empire of the 4th century BCE extended over 127 lands, and all the Jews were its subjects. When King Ahasuerus had his wife, Queen Vashti, executed for failing to follow his orders, he orchestrated a beauty pageant to find a new queen. A Jewish girl, Esther, found favor in his eyes and became the new queen—though she refused to divulge the identity of her nationality.

Meanwhile, the anti-Semitic Haman was appointed prime minister of the empire. Mordechai, the leader of the Jews (and Esther’s cousin), defied the king’s orders and refused to bow to Haman. Haman was incensed and convinced the king to issue a decree ordering the extermination of all the Jews on the 13th of Adar—a date chosen by a lottery Haman made.

Mordechai galvanized all the Jews, convincing them to repent, fast and pray to G‑d. Meanwhile, Esther asked the king and Haman to join her for a feast. At the feast, Esther revealed to the king her Jewish identity. Haman was hanged, Mordechai was appointed prime minister in his stead, and a new decree was issued—granting the Jews the right to defend themselves against their enemies.

On the 13th of Adar the Jews mobilized and killed many of their enemies. On the 14th of Adar they rested and celebrated.


Note! If you live in Jerusalem, the Purim laws vary; click here for details.

Your Purim To-Do List

1) Listen to the Megillah

To relive the miraculous events of Purim, listen to the reading of the megillah (the Scroll of Esther) twice: once on Purim eve, Saturday night, March 15, and again on Purim day, March 16.

To properly fulfill the mitzvah, it is crucial to hear every single word of the megillah.

At certain points in the reading where Haman’s name is mentioned, it is customary to twirlgraggers (Purim noisemakers) and stamp one’s feet to “eradicate” his evil name. Tell the children that Purim is the only time when it’s a mitzvah to make noise!


2) Give to the Needy (Matanot La’Evyonim)

Concern for the needy is a year-round responsibility; but on Purim it is a special mitzvah to remember the poor.

Give charity to at least two (but preferably more)needy individuals on Purim day, March 16.

The mitzvah is best fulfilled by giving directly to the needy. If, however, you cannot find poor people, place at least two coins into a charity box. As with the other mitzvahs of Purim, even small children should be taught to fulfill this mitzvah.


3) Send Food Portions to Friends (Mishloach Manot)

On Purim we emphasize the importance of Jewish unity and friendship by sending gifts of food to friends.

On Purim day, March 16, send a gift of at least two kinds of ready-to-eat foods (e.g., pastry, fruit, beverage) to at least one friend. Men should send to men, and women to women. It is preferable that the gifts be delivered via a third party. Children, in addition to sending their own gifts of food to their friends, make enthusiastic messengers.


4) Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Purim should be celebrated with a special festive meal on Purim day, at which family and friends gather together to rejoice in the Purim spirit. It is a mitzvah to drink wine or other inebriating drinks at this meal.


Special Prayers (Al HaNissim, Torah reading)

On Purim we include the Al HaNissim prayer, which describes the Purim miracle, in the evening, morning and afternoon prayers, as well as in the Grace After Meals. In the morning service there is a special reading from the Torah scroll in the synagogue (Exodus 17:8–16).


Purim Customs: Masquerades and Hamantashen

A time-honored Purim custom is for children to dress up and disguise themselves—an allusion to the fact that the miracle of Purim was disguised in natural garments. This is also the significance behind a traditional Purim food, the hamantash—a pastry whose filling is hidden within a three-cornered crust.

Pre- and Post-Purim Observances

Torah Reading of Zachor

On the Shabbat before Purim (this year, March 15), a special reading is held in the synagogue. We read the Torah section called Zachor (“Remember”), in which we are enjoined to remember the deeds of (the nation of) Amalek (Haman’s ancestor) who sought to destroy the Jewish people.


The Fast of Esther

To commemorate the prayer and fasting that the Jewish people held during the Purim story, we fast on the day before Purim. This year we fast on Thursday, March 13. The fast begins approximately an hour before sunrise, and lasts until nightfall. Click herefor exact times for your location.


The “Half Coins” (Machatzit HaShekel)

It is a tradition to give three coins in “half” denominations—e.g., three half-dollar coins—to charity, to commemorate the half-shekel that each Jew contributed as his share in the communal offerings in the time of the Holy Temple. This custom, usually performed in the synagogue, is done on the afternoon of the “Fast of Esther,” or before the reading of the Megillah.


Shushan Purim

In certain ancient walled cities—Jerusalem is the primary example—Purim is observed not on the 14th of Adar (the date of its observance everywhere else), but on the 15th of Adar. This is to commemorate that fact that in the ancient walled city of Shushan, where the battles between the Jews and their enemies extended for an additional day, the original Purim celebration was held on the 15th of Adar.

The 15th of Adar is thus called “Shushan Purim,” and is a day of joy and celebration also in those places where it is not observed as the actual Purim.


Useful Purim Links:

  • Click here for our mega-Purim site.
  • Here for a global Purim event directory.
  • Here for Purim FAQ.
  • Here for the story of Purim.
  • Here for Purim insight and inspiration.
  • Here for Purim stories.
  • Here for Purim multimedia.
  • Here for our Purim Kids’ Zone.
  • Here for Purim shopping.
  • Here for Purim recipes.
  • And Here for our Purim Costume Contest.

The Miracle of Purim

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QUESTION OF THE WEEK: When the Holiday of Purim Falls on Sunday

When the Holiday of Purim Falls on Sunday
Adar II 11, 5774 · March 13, 2014

When Purim falls on a Sunday, the holiday begins at the close of Shabbat, on Saturday night. This brings up a number of practical considerations.

First, one must be careful not to violate the Shabbat with Purim preparations. The Talmud tells us that Queen Vashti was killed by her husband because she forced her young Jewish maids to desecrate the Shabbat.1Vashti’s demise led toEsther’s being appointed queen, and ultimately saved the Jewish nation. With this in mind, we should be extra careful not transgress Shabbat on account of Purim.

This means:

  1. Items such as megillahsnoisemakers (graggers) and reading glasses that you may need at the megillah reading on Saturday night should be brought to the synagogue before Shabbat. Do so even if your community has an eruv, because we refrain from carrying anything on Shabbat for use after Shabbat.
    Note: If you are driving or bringing items to the synagogue after Shabbat, you should perform the havdalah ceremony first, or at least say the words “Blessed be He who separates between the sacred and the profane.”
  1. All preparations for mishloach manot (gifts of food) and the festive mealshould be done either before Shabbat or on Purim itself. One should not prepare anything on Shabbat that isn’t needed for the Shabbat day.

Fast of Esther

Haman’s decree to annihilate the Jewish nation was scheduled to be enacted on the 13th of the Jewish month of Adar, the day before we celebrate Purim. When the decree was transformed and the Jews were able to defend themselves, the sages of Israel instituted the day of battle as a fast day, called Taanit Esther, the Fast of Esther.

When the 13th of Adar falls on Shabbat, a day of joy and pleasure, we fast on the preceding Thursday, since fasting and extra prayer on Friday would interfere with the Shabbat preparations.2

In commemoration of the half-shekel coin that each person contributed when the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, it is customary to give three coins in “half” denominations (e.g., three half-dollar coins) to charity on the day of the Fast of Esther before the afternoon prayer service. These coins are known as machatzit hashekel. When the Fast of Esther is observed on Thursday, most still give the coins then. Some, however, have the custom to give them on the day of Purim itself.

For more, see Fast of Esther and Shekalim.

FOOTNOTES
1. Talmud, Megillah 12b, cited in Rashi to Esther 1:12.
2. If, however, one forgot to fast on Thursday, one can make it up by fasting on Friday.

ESSAY: On Not Trying to Be What You Are Not

On Not Trying to Be What You Are Not
Adar II 10, 5774 · March 12, 2014
 

The great leaders know their own limits. They do not try to do it all themselves. They build teams. They create space for people who are strong where they are weak. They understand the importance of checks and balances, and the separation of powers. They surround themselves with people who are different from them. They understand the danger of concentrating all power in a single individual. But learning your limits, knowing there are things you cannot do—even things you cannot be—can be a painful experience. Sometimes it involves an emotional crisis.

The Torah

The great leaders know their own limits

contains four fascinating accounts of such moments. What links them is not words but music. From quite early on in Jewish history, the Torah was sung, not just read. Moses at the end of his life calls the Torah a song.1 Different traditions grew up in Israel and Babylon, and from around the tenth century onward the chant began to be systematized in the form of the musical notations known as taamei ha-mikra, cantillation signs, devised by the Tiberian Masoretes (guardians of Judaism’s sacred texts). One very rare note, known as a shalshelet (“chain”), appears in the Torah four times only. Each time it is a sign of existential crisis. Three instances are in Bereishit. The fourth is in our Parshah. As we will see, the fourth is about leadership. In a broad sense, the other three are as well.

The first instance occurs in the story of Lot. Lot had separated from his uncle Abraham and settled in Sodom. There he had assimilated into the local population. His daughters had married local men. He himself sat in the city gate, a sign that he had been made a judge. Then two visitors came to tell him to leave. G‑d was about to destroy the city. Yet Lot hesitates, and above the word for “hesitates”—vayitmahmah—is a shalshelet (Genesis 19:16). He is torn, conflicted. He senses that the visitors are right. The city is indeed about to be destroyed. But he has invested his whole future in the new identity he has been carving out for himself and his daughters. Had the angels not seized him and taken him to safety, he would have delayed until it was too late.

The second occurs when Abraham asks his servant—traditionally identified as Eliezer—to find a wife for Isaac his son. The commentators suggest that he felt a profound ambivalence about his mission. Were Isaac not to marry and have children, Abraham’s estate would eventually pass to Eliezer or his descendants. Abraham had already said so before Isaac was born: “Sovereign L‑rd, what can You give me, since I remain childless, and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?”2 If Eliezer succeeded in his mission, bringing back a wife for Isaac, and if the couple had children, then his chances of one day acquiring Abraham’s wealth would disappear completely. Two instincts warred within him: loyalty to Abraham and personal ambition. Loyalty won, but not without a deep struggle. Hence the shalshelet.3

The third brings us to Egypt and the life of Joseph. Sold by his brothers as a slave, he is now working in the house of an eminent Egyptian, Potiphar. Left alone in the house with his master’s wife, he finds himself the object of her desire. He is handsome. She wants him to sleep with her. He refuses. To do such a thing, he says, would be to betray his master, her husband. It would be a sin against G‑d. Yet over “he refused” is a shalshelet,4 indicating—as some rabbinic sources and medieval commentaries suggest—that he did so at the cost of considerable effort.5

This was more than the usual conflict between sin and temptation

He nearly succumbed. This was more than the usual conflict between sin and temptation. It was a conflict of identity. Recall that Joseph was now living in, for him, a new and strange land. His brothers had rejected him. They had made it clear that they did not want him as part of their family. Why then should he not, in Egypt, do as the Egyptians do? Why not yield to his master’s wife if that is what she wanted? The question for Joseph was not just “Is this right?” but also “Am I an Egyptian or a Jew?”

All three episodes are about inner conflict, and all three are about identity. There are times when each of us has to decide, not just “What shall I do?” but “What kind of person shall I be?” That is particularly fateful in the case of a leader, which brings us to episode four, this time about Moses.

After the sin of the golden calf, Moses had—at G‑d’s command—instructed the Israelites to build a sanctuary which would be, in effect, a permanent symbolic home of G‑d in the midst of the people. By now the work is complete, and all that remains is for Moses to induct his brother, Aaron, and his sons into office. He robes Aaron with the special garments of the high priest, anoints him with oil, and performs the various sacrifices appropriate to the occasion. Over the wordvayishchat, “and he slaughtered [the sacrificial ram],”6 there is a shalshelet. By now we know that this means there was an internal struggle in Moses’ mind. But what was it? There is not the slightest sign in the text that suggests that he was undergoing a crisis.

Yet a moment’s thought makes it clear what Moses’ inner turmoil was about. Until now, he had led the Jewish people. Aaron, his older brother, had assisted him, accompanying him on his missions to Pharaoh, acting as his spokesman, aide and second-in-command. Now, however, Aaron was about to undertake a new leadership role in his own right. No longer would he be a shadow of Moses. He would do what Moses himself could not. He would preside over the daily offerings in the Tabernacle. He would mediate the avodah, the Israelites’ sacred service to G‑d. Once a year, on Yom Kippur, he would perform the service that would secure atonement for the people from its sins. No longer in Moses’ shadow, Aaron was about to become the one kind of leader Moses was not destined to be: a high priest.

The Talmud adds a further dimension to the poignancy of the moment. At the burning bush, Moses had repeatedly resisted G‑d’s call to lead the people. Eventually, G‑d told him that Aaron would go with him, helping him speak.7 The Talmud says that at that moment Moses lost the chance to be a priest. “Originally, [said G‑d,] I had intended that you would be the priest, and Aaron your brother would be a Levite. Now, he will be the priest and you will be a Levite.”8

That is Moses’ inner struggle, conveyed by the shalshelet. He is

He cannot altogether avoid a sense of loss

about to induct his brother into an office he himself will never hold. Things might have been otherwise—but life is not lived in the world of “might have been.” He surely feels joy for his brother, but he cannot altogether avoid a sense of loss. Perhaps he already senses what he will later discover: that though Moses was the prophet and liberator, Aaron will have a privilege Moses will be denied—namely, seeing his children and their descendants inherit his role. The son of a priest is a priest. The son of a prophet is rarely a prophet.

What all four stories tell us is that there comes a time for each of us when we must make an ultimate decision as to who we are. It is a moment of existential truth. Lot is a Hebrew, not a citizen of Sodom. Eliezer is Abraham’s servant, not his heir. Joseph is Jacob’s son, not an Egyptian of easygoing morals. Moses is a prophet, not a priest. To say Yes to who we are, we have to have the courage to say No to who we are not. There is pain and conflict involved. That is the meaning of the shalshelet. But we emerge less conflicted than we were before.

This applies especially to leaders, which is why the case of Moses in our Parshah is so important. There were things Moses was not destined to do. He would not become a priest. That task fell to Aaron. He would not lead the people across the Jordan. That was Joshua’s role. Moses had to accept both facts with good grace if he was to be honest with himself. And great leaders must be honest with themselves if they are to be honest with those they lead.

A leader should never try to be all things to all men (and women). A leader should be content to be what he or she is. A leader must have the strength to know what he cannot be, if he is to have the courage to be himself.

FOOTNOTES
1. Deuteronomy 31:19.
2. Genesis 15:2.
3. Genesis 24:12.
4. Genesis 39:8.
5. Tanchuma, Vayeishev 8, cited by Rashi in his commentary to Genesis ibid.
6. Leviticus 8:23.
7. Exodus 4:14–16.
8. Talmud, Zevachim 102a.

PARENTING: The True Nature of Laughter

The True Nature of Laughter
Adar II 9, 5774 · March 11, 2014
 

The other night, my toddler was up all night with a stomach virus. In the morning we kept him home from his preschool, but I decided he was well enough to go out for a walk. I wanted to change him into clothes. He wanted to stay in his pajamas. “Okay, not a big deal,” I thought. But there was more to it. Picture the scene of an adorable, pudgy two-and-a-half-year-old with long curly hair wearing pajama pants, his sister’s pink socks, shiny black dress shoes (he insisted on wearing them), and a coat with the hood pulled over his head.

He looked hysterical. He made people laugh.

I stepped outside my door, and couldn’t help but notice the raised eyebrows and smiles on people’s faces. He looked hysterical. He made people laugh.

Laughter. What is it?

Research shows that laughter is good medicine. Laughter increases blood levels of important immune components, which helps fight infections in the upper respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts, and may increase levels of disease-fighting T-cells and natural killer cells. So, laughter helps protect the immune system and decreases stress.

What else is laughter?

Laughter is a recognition of something new, something different, something unexpected. A little boy with pink socks, pajama pants, fancy shoes and a hooded jacket is certainly out of the ordinary (or, at least, in some neighborhoods here in Jerusalem it is!).

The sages relate the 127 years of Sarah’s life to the 127 provinces over which Queen Esther ruled. Sarah was the first mother of the Jewish people, and Queen Esther, through her heroic acts to save the Jewish people, was also a mother to the Jewish people. They also share one more similarity—laughter.

According to some commentaries, not only was Sarah barren, but she didn’t have a womb! There wasn’t even a possibility that she could have children. For her, for us—her descendants—G‑d turned the situation upside down: He created something new, something from nothing. He changed the situation. The barren woman without a womb became fertile; bore a son, Isaac (lit., “he will laugh”); and became the mother of the Jewish people. This act caused laughter.

The Persian king was in cahoots with his evil prime minister, Haman, to kill the Jewish people. Haman built a gallows to kill the righteous Jewish sage Mordechai. The Jewish people fasted and prayed, and G‑d created laughter. He reversed the situation. The king’s beloved queen, Esther, turned out not only to be Jewish, but also to be Mordechai’s niece. The Jewish people

Research shows that laughter is good medicine.

were not destroyed, but rather grew stronger. Haman was hanged on his own gallows, Mordechai became the new prime minister, and the king’s own son allowed the building of the Second Temple.

Laughter comes from the revelation that in a split second, our situation can change.

Why, then, do the sages tell us that when the month of Adar (the month when we celebrate Purim) begins, we must increase our happiness, but they don’t tell us to increase our laughter? Laughter is the revealed state of happiness, and we cannot fully laugh until Moshiach comes. Then we will have the full revelation, the full understanding of why hardships happened.1

We cannot fully laugh now, but we can increase our happiness, and know that—as the verse states in Proverbs when speaking of the Woman of Valor—we will laugh at the end of our days. We can be joyous and smile, knowing that ultimately the difficulties in life will be sources of pleasure.

FOOTNOTES
1. Pri Tzaddik, Adar.

VOICES: Reuse, Recycle, but Don’t Reduce!

Reuse, Recycle, but Don’t Reduce!
Adar II 8, 5774 · March 10, 2014
A Mishloach Manot Tale
 

 

Mishloach manot (“shalach manos”)—giving a portion of ready-to-eat treats on Purim. What’s not to like? We come home from the megillah reading to find a tempting array on the front porch: crunchy shiny cellophane, curled ribbons, baskets, elegant wine bottles peering out the top. The kids start tearing it all apart before we even get in, and bargaining, “Look, a giant chocolate nut bar! I call it.”

I order them to first bring everything to our dining room table, which has become a little piece of chaotic heaven for snackers. Chips, hamantashen, Sara’s famous cakes, candy, soda, juice, wine, fruit, tinsel. Many pounds of sugar and food dye. I try to make note of the givers, before all flows together into a delicious extravaganza.

Look, a giant chocolate nut bar!

I’m torn between conflicting urges:

  • trying to maintain sanity and order—throwing out wads of discarded wrappers, separating the perishables, fruits, baked goods and packaged foods;
  • limiting the sheer amount of sugar the kids (and I) eat;
  • grousing about the amount of money spent on these packages, and thinking how much more meaningful this would be if the money were donated to charity, with only simple food gifts given to a few friends in fulfillment of the mitzvah;
  • feeling self-righteous that we’ve sent cards or e‑mail greetings, and spent our dollars on far-flung Jews who might not otherwise getmishloach manot or know that it’s Purim;
  • feeling miserly and like a spoilsport when friends knock on the door bearing lovely baskets, and I sheepishly say, “Check your e‑mail, I sent you a card”;
  • feeling grateful for all the communal love—after all, mishloach manot are a physical manifestation of the affection we feel for each other, colorfully packaged;
  • trying to focus on the sheer delight of the quickly passing day;
  • laughing and moaning about the divine timing of Purim: exactly one month before Pesach, when all chametz—chips, cookies, cake, wrappers, and their ensuing crumbly, sticky messes, which are filling the house at a dizzying rate—must be gone; and
  • wondering, What are we supposed to do with all this stuff?

So, we develop an ecologically and financially sound solution to our conundrum of:

  • trying to reach outside the circle of the observant community;
  • not wanting to spend big money on what at the end of the day is nosh—mostly snack and junk food;
  • not wanting to OD on sugar for more than a few days; and
  • wanting to spread the love (and empty my house of it).

Taking a cue from the Rebbe, who always stressed the importance of reaching out to every Jew everywhere, we decide to share the wealth! We make a list of disparate Jews we know, who might not even be aware that it’s Purim, scattered throughout the town. We map out a route and reassemble some of the baskets, with our friends’ tastes in mind.

“Mrs. Green is a senior. Let’s go light on the sugar and give her some fruit,” one child declares.

“The Steins have several children; we can add this candy for them. And don’t you think Jen would like this juice? She’s into health foods,” another says, as she pulls choice items from the dazzling and dizzying array on the table.

We load up the minivan and bounce

We load up the minivan and bounce around town

around town. I pull up to a red light and see the driver in the next lane staring. We are quite a sight, dressed in our colorful costumes, clutching our cellophane-wrapped baskets.

“Hey, lady, don’t you know Halloween was about five months ago?”

“Hey, you, don’t you know it’s Purim?” I call back with a smile.

And we’re off, in a race against the clock, bursting into offices and stores, invading a regular work day with a blast of Purim joy. “A clown just came in with a basket of edible goodies,” the chuckling secretary notifies her boss, our friend Mr. Cohen. He comes out smiling. Who can resist? Who can help but be drawn into the absurd joy of the day, by most accounts a regular day?

Haman homed in on this very vulnerability, our isolation and separateness. “There is a people,” he told King Achashverosh, “who are scattered throughout the nations . . .” He tried to capitalize on our weakness and destroy us. But the Jews of Shushan annulled his evil decree by gathering together in unity.

We weave through the city, drawing the two Jews on that road and the three over there and the one in the mall into a vibrant fabric of celebration and identity, chocolate and graggers.

Secret confession: I’m not usually very good at outreach. I’m shy and a bit embarrassed; I don’t want to seem pushy or intrusive. But my colorful getup, and the blazing lights of the day, push me out of my limitations, filling me with a giddy confidence.

We’re taking our friends’ love for us, adding our own touch, and spreading the joy farther than they envisioned it going—physically and, sometimes, spiritually.

This Purim, be an ultra-recycler. Grab a basket, and find that lonely senior, the nice man at the electronics store, or your family doctor. Weave your own fabric of light and joy. Reusing love and light doesn’t reduce its power—when you give it again, it only increases!

God’s Calling Card

by Jonathan Rosenblum
Sometimes receiving a sign that God is orchestrating events can transform one’s life.

Video: Purim: Why Name A Holiday After The Enemy?

by Rabbi David Fohrman
An in-depth video series exploring Esther’s true role in the Purim story.

Analyzing Purim’s Main Characters

by Orit Esther Riter, Author of the Daily Dose of Emuna
There’s an Esther, Haman and Mordechai in all of us.

Malala and Queen Esther

by Emuna Braverman
It took a young girl from Pakistan to help me identify the incredible courage women possess today.

The Year Without Purim

by Zieva Dauber Konvisser
18 years after a series of deadly terror attacks, a unique quilt stitches together broken hearts.

Video: This Year’s Powerful Purim Opportunity

by Mrs. Lori Palatnik
This is the month when anything is possible.

Exciting Purim Dishes

by Elizabeth Kurtz
Including Bourbon Pecan Pie and my favorite hamantaschen recipe.

Video: Dumb Ways to Drive

by The Shmuz
This Purim, do not drink and drive.

Video: What Does Haman Say?

by A.K.A. Pella
A Purim music video, parody of “What Does the Fox Say” by Ylvis.

The Heroism of Esther

by Rabbi Ari Kahn
Despite her tragic circumstances, Esther did not lose faith or hope.

Editor’s Pick:

Video: Purim Animated

Watch the Purim story come alive.

 

Flight 370: Without a Trace

by Yvette Alt Miller
The agony of not knowing.

One Tragedy Averted

by DansDeals.com
A chilling Malaysia Air Flight 370 story.

Purim and Serendipity

by Rabbi Benjamin Blech
How to find God.

Revealing Israel’s Enemies’ True Intent

by Idfblog.com and Memri
Mahmoud Abbas and Iran show their true colors this week.

10 Things Happy Couples Avoid

by Rabbi Shlomo Slatkin
How to bring more love and joy into your own marriage.

Purim by Numbers

Amazing infographic to SHARE with your friends and family about Judaism’s most fun holiday.

The Golden Hamentaschen

by Jewlarious.com Staff
You voted for the three best jokes of the year and here they are!

The Shtetl Olympics

by Marnie Winston-Macauley
With the Sochi Olympics now over, let’s go back 100 years and imagine what a Russian “Olympics” in these shtetls would have really looked like.

Video: Jtube: Matthew McConaughey Thanks God

by ABC
Are you surprised to hear an Academy Award winning actor thank God so publicly?

What was the ALEPH rabbinic program like?


What was the ALEPH rabbinic program like?

Posted: 13 Mar 2014 09:09 AM PDT

People ask me sometimes what rabbinic school was like. My short answer is “amazing — really hard — and one of the best things I’ve ever done.” But maybe a longer answer would be interesting to those who read this blog.

Disclaimer: this may not be characteristic of everyone’s experience; I was a rabbinic student, so I can’t speak to the experience of students in ALEPH’s other programs; and of course the program continues to evolve, so students today may have some different experiences than I had. That said…

The ALEPH rabbinic ordination program is low-residency, which means that students and faculty live all over the world and come together a few times a year for intensive “residency” periods. In between those in-person gatherings, we learned together in other ways. (When I first started the program, half of my classes were held via conference call; by the time I finished, we were using videoconferencing instead.) Years before coming to rabbinic school I got an MFA in writing and literature at Bennington, and that’s a low-residency program too, as many creative writing MFA programsare. It was great preparation for the ALEPH learning experience.

Each ALEPH student works with a Director of Studies (a member of the ALEPH ordination programs va’ad) to establish a committee of mentors who will help her or him navigate the program’s requirements.

A minimum of sixty graduate-level classes is required in order to be a candidate for rabbinic smicha, and when I was a student, ALEPH offered about 60% of those classes. For the other classes I needed, I pursued learning at other institutions; entered into small-group learning with ALEPH-approved teachers (I have fond memories of translating and interpreting the Me’or Eynayim with two friends and with Rabbi Bob Freedman); and also often engaged in structured one-on-one tutorial learning with a local rabbi friend (once that learning had been approved by my Director of Studies — which generally required a syllabus and at least one major paper.) Most semesters, I took two ALEPH classes and two classes elsewhere, or three ALEPH classes and one elsewhere. But the majority of my learning was done in an ALEPH context.

It’s also worth mentioning that the 60-course minimum is just that — a minimum. Often the va’ad imposes additional requirements tailored to the learning trajectory of the student. (Which makes sense; we all come to this with strong suits and weak suits, and they aren’t all the same.) Our dean, Rabbi Marcia Prager, likes to say that the va’ad isn’t merely graduating students — they’re developing colleagues.

The ALEPH ordination programs don’t operate on a set timeline. This is not like college, where one enters with a given class of people and stays with them the whole way through. I had the luxury of being a fulltime student, so my learning took just short of six years. Others with whom I was ordained didn’t have that luxury, and took much longer to complete the program’s requirements. I had friends who took ten years to finish. And I also had friends who completed the required coursework quickly (one by virtue of already having a PhD in Judaic studies, which exempted him from a lot of classes) — and were asked by the va’ad to spend another few years in the program anyway, in order to wholly integrate the learning and to finish the process of spiritual formation, even though the academic requirements had been met.

Much of the material we were expected to achieve proficiency in is, I think, common to any rabbinic program: Tanakh, exegesis (various forms of scriptural interpretation), history (Biblical, Rabbinic, medieval, modern), philosophy / ethics / theology / Jewish thought, halakhic literature (including Mishna, Gemara, and Codes), Kabbalah and Hasidut, liturgy, pastoral care and counseling, and so on. Of course, we approached these subjects through Jewish Renewal lens, with courses like “Torah as a mirror for spiritual development” and “Integral halakha.” I also did a nine-month unit of Clinical Pastoral Education in a hospital, as do most modern seminary students.

Some of our learning was unique to ALEPH. For instance, learning about the history and Hasidic roots of Jewish Renewal; mastering new cosmology material; classes in deep ecumenism; learning in at least one other religious tradition; integrating central Jewish Renewal teachings, such as paradigm shift, into our learning across the board. I suspect that our neo-Hasidic heritage caused us to delve deeper into kabbalah and Hasidut than most other programs do. Every ALEPH student is required to work with a mashpi’a(h) (spiritual director) the whole way through, and to integrate that personal learning into her/his formation. And then there are multi-year retreat-based programs, like theDavenen Leadership Training Program, which is open to non-ALEPH folks but is required for all ALEPH students.

In ALEPH we talk a lot about the four worlds, and one of the ways that idea manifests is in the expectations around our learning. Some of our learning is physical and practical in nature. Much is intellectual. But in addition to those, we’re also always expected to be engaged in emotional learning and spiritual learning, too. Jewish Renewal tends to be experiential, and it’s our task to discern how to draw on the rich well of tradition in order to bring awareness of God, prayerful consciousness, and meaningful Jewish life to those we serve. It’s not enough to merely learn the history of our liturgy, for instance, or to learn how to recite its words fluently: the real question is, can I lead a service which uses the classical matbe’ah tefillah in a way which opens a channel for people to feel connected with God?

And speaking of leading services — we’re expected to be able to lead proficiently, in a way which breathes life into the liturgy, using any major denominational version of the liturgy. That’s part of the fun of being transdenominational. (And yes, it really is fun! Which is probably a sign that I’m in the right line of work.)

In order to apply for senior status, I put together the requisite binder of materials: nearly 250 pages of syllabi, transcripts, sample papers in each category of learning, samples of my unique ritual and liturgical work, and so on. Once a subcommittee of the va’ad agreed that my learning thus far was up to snuff, I became a senior, a status which usually lasts about a year and a half. Everyone with senior status takes one final halakha class together, and each of us writes ateshuvah, a rabbinic-legal responsum, in response to a real question which is live for us or for someone we serve. That teshuvah has to demonstrate both mastery of classical materials, and the ability to appropriately integrate those materials into creative thinking which fits the era in which we live.

I think back with gratitude on my rabbinic school learning all the time. When I seek to care for my community through a funeral and shiva, I think of the lifecycles learning I did with Rabbi Marcia Prager. When I go to translate a Hasidic text in order to have good juicy material for a d’var Torah or a study session, I think of the amazing Hasidic learning I did withRabbi Elliot Ginsburg. When one of my students asks me a question about Jewish history, I think back on my semesters with Rabbi Leila Gal Berner. When I teach liturgy, or offer brief pearls of context during a service, I think of things I learned from Rabbi Sami Barth. And on, and on, and on.

Is the ALEPH program for everyone? Probably not. You have to be a fairly self-directed and disciplined learner. You have to be comfortable navigating the ratzo v’shov (ebb and flow) of intensive community life followed by dispersal followed by intensive community life again. And, of course, you have to be aligned with Jewish Renewal thinking and ideals. For me, the most central of those ideals are post-triumphalism (the sense that ours is not the only legitimate path to God); deep ecumenism (commitment to engaging meaningfully with other religious traditions); a feminism and egalitarianism which presume that we are all, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, made in the divine image; and commitment to imbuing Jewish life with God-connection and with joy.

When I came home from my first week-long retreat with the ALEPH community, I said to Ethan that I had found my teachers, and that I wanted someday to be a rabbi as they are rabbis. I’m grateful to have had the chance to learn with them, and I hope that in my rabbinate, I honor theirs.

What it means to become “perfumed” at Purim


What it means to become “perfumed” at PurimPosted: 12 Mar 2014 12:05 PM PDT

Tree-of-life-jaison-cianelliPurim is almost upon us! The full moon falls this weekend, and Purim begins on Saturday evening at sundown. In honor of the coming holiday, here’s an adaptation of a teaching from the Hasidic master known as the Sfat Emet. (You can read it at greater length inthis post from 2009.)

1. Above good and evil

We read in the Gemara that it is the duty of a person to mellow (or “perfume”) oneself on Purim until one cannot tell the difference between ‘cursed be Haman’ and ‘blessed be Mordechai’.” This means raising one’s consciousness until one is higher than the tree of the knowledge of good and evil — in other words, expanding one’s consciousness so much that the binary distinctions between good and evil fall away.

We read in the megillah of Esther about Haman’s gallows, which is called “a tall tree of 50 cubits.” (So there are two trees here: the tree of knowledge of binarism, and the tree which is the gallows.) There’s an ancient teaching that there are 49 “gates” (or levels) of impurity, and the 50th level is the level of holiness. (There’s that number 50 again — like how Shavuot is the 50th day after the 49 days of counting the Omer.)

If we can ascend past the 49 levels of impurity, we reach the 50th level where everything is holy. If we can reach that high level, we’ve gone higher than the tree of knowledge of good and evil; we’ve reached God’s vantage, from which everything is good. “Perfuming” ourselves on Purim means opening our minds and ascending to that high God’s-eye-view place.

2. Defeating Amalek

Amalek is the name given to the tribe which attacked the Israelites from behind during the Exodus from Egypt. Haman, who sought to destroy the Jews of Persia in the story of Esther, is considered to be a descendant of Amalek. Amalek and his ilk exist on every level of spiritual understanding except the top one, which is the level of holiness. (Maybe the Sfat Emet is saying that Amalek exists in some form in all of us, except for those who are at the very holiest level of spiritual understanding.)

Amalek pursues evil on those lower 49 levels, but at the 50th level, Amalek’s power disappears. When Amalek attacked our ancestors, Moses lifted up his hands to God, and as long as his hands were upheld, the Israelites were able to rout the enemy. Moses reached up to God and Torah, and Amalek was defeated. God and Torah are what we find at that 50th gate or rung of spiritual understanding. So: ascending to that high level of spiritual consciousness also enables us to live without fear of our enemies, because at that high level, enmity can’t harm us.

3. Accepting the Torah on Purim

There’s even a teaching that our ancestors, the ancient Israelites, accepted the Torah on Purim.

What? you ask. Isn’t Shavuot the anniversary of when we accepted the Torah? Well, yes. But there’s also a midrash which says that we accepted the Torah at Shavuot under duress — that God held the mountain over us like an inverted barrel, and we accepted Torah rather than perish. But another sage says, “Even if that is so, they re-accepted the Torah in the days of Achashverosh,” pointing to a line from Esther which said that we “received it upon ourselves” — he says that what we received, at Purim, was the highest form of Torah.

And when we approach Purim now with the appropriate consciousness — awareness that at the highest levels there are no differences between good and bad, between Haman and Mordechai, between “my side” and “your side” — we can access the highest Torah once again.

That’s what it really means to become “perfumed” or “mellowed” — not to get so drunk we forget who the good guys and bad guys are, but to become so enlightened that we see the unity beyond all differences. When we access that kind of perfume, we’re breathing the scents of spices which filled the world at the time of the revelation at Sinai — maybe even the spices which filled the world at the first moments of creation.

Happy Purim!

Image source: Jaison Cianelli.