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Uncovering the Secrets of the Megillah part III

In which we wonder why Mordechai did not attempt to use diplomatic means to escape the wrath of Haman and Achashveriosh.  Why was this different than the model Jacob offered when he met Esau with a  three pronged strategy to guarantee his safety?  Why did Mordechai report specifically to Prayer? When is effort necessary and when is it heresy?

 

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Uncovering the Secrets of the Meggila: Part 1

Part one of a series of three in which we discuss the style of the record of the Purim story and why it is written in such an obscure format. In which we discuss Achashverosh’s thought process and his strategies to turn the Jewish people away from G-d.  And in which we set the stage for the rest of the story.

 

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Moving Yom Kippur Song and Story

Each year, I hope that when recollecting the Yom Kippur War at Unetaneh Tokef , it will be with the comfort of knowing that there are no more wars to be waged and that Israel will dwell in eternal peace.
The situation with Iran and Syria appears to grow more intense every day – and as such, our kavana is needed more than ever. “Aizo lacherev, v’aizo lashalom.” [Adapted by Rabbi Steweart from Jonathon Novich].

A second version of the tune may be seen:

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