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When do we read the Megillah?

The most common Megillah is Megillat Esther - the Scroll of Esther which contains the Purim story. Megillat Esther is read twice on Purim: once on...

What is a Megillah?

The word Megillah literally means scroll. The Holy Megillah In its most common context the word Megillah is used to describe the Scroll of Esther which...

What is Purim Katan?

The Jewish calendar follows a 19 year cycle, and there are seven leap years in each cycle. The leap year contains an extra month: Adar I and Adar II....

When is Purim in a leap year?

The Jewish calendar follows a 19 year cycle, and there are seven leap years in each cycle. The leap year contains an extra month: Adar I and Adar II....

Purim: Celebrating the Inner Battle

A Curious DistinctionAmong the many rituals observed during the holiday of Purim are those of Mishloach Manot, sending food baskets to fellow Jews, and...

Is G-d Missing?

As a Safed writer, I was once asked by a secular Israeli publication to contribute an article about  Kabbalah, Chassidut, meditation, etc. - all...

Purim: Life is a Masquerade

The holiday of Purim is unusual, even strange, in many ways.  It is the only time of the year when we are not only allowed, but expected, to get...

The Month of Mazal

When the archenemy of the Jews, Haman, was drawing lots for an opportune time to wage his personal war against the Jews, he was delighted that the date of...

yvruT - yspoT

In Manhattan there is a mistake as large as the main lobby of Grand Central Terminal. It is the painting on the ceiling of that lobby. Beautifully painted...

What is so special about the month of Adar?

The famous saying (and jolly jingle) about Adar is that 'When Adar commences, we increase in joy'. The happiest month in the Jewish calendar is...