Purim

The Book of Esther

There are many unique aspects to the biblical book that tells the Purim story.

Jews and Guns

Jewish law forbids hunting, and few Jews own firearms.

Purim 2018

From hamantaschen to the Megillah, what you need to know about this holiday that falls on March 1.

This Week's Torah Portion

Tetzaveh

In this Torah portion, God appoints Aaron and his sons as priests. God describes the priestly clothing and explains how to properly sanctify the priests. Aaron is commanded to make incense offerings to God every morning on an altar. God explains that once a year Aaron will make an offering on that altar to atone for all of the Israelites’ sins.

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HAFTARAH SUMMARY

Parashat Tetzaveh

Exodus 27:20 - 30:10

I Samuel 15:2 - 15:34 | Shabbat Zachor

Clothes Make The Person

The emphasis on the priestly clothes teaches us the importance of bringing honor and splendor to God and the commandments.

Videos @ MJL

What Is the Meaning of Chai?

The Hebrew word for life is a popular symbol and toast — and is linked to the number 18.

Purim 101

Purim, or the Feast of Lots, is a joyous holiday that recounts the saving of the Jews from a threatened massacre during the Persian period (539-330 BCE).

The Nazi Olympics

In August 1936, the Nazi regime tried to camouflage its violent racist policies while it hosted the Summer Olympics.

Recipes

The Best Vegetarian Matzah Ball Soup Recipe

A steaming bowl of Jewish comfort, no chicken necessary.

VIDEO: How to Make Cannoli Hamantaschen

With creamy filling, chocolate chips and a drizzle of melted chocolate this decadent sweet is also surprisingly light.

VIDEO: How to Make Israeli Salad

Our version is simple, fresh and is even more perfect when the vegetables are in season and local.

Quizzes

Nature & the Environment Quiz

How much do you know about green issues in Jewish thought and practice?

Quiz: Jewish Athletes

Can you name these famous Jewish athletes?

Purim Quiz

How much do you know about this festive holiday?

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