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Mordechai the Villain: The Shocking Story Behind Drinking on Purim

Hosted By: My Jewish Learning

Unlearn everything you thought you knew about the biblical Mordechai, drinking on Purim, and Purim itself. Whether you’ve studied Talmud your entire life, or never heard of it before, this class will offer an accessible behind-the-scenes tour of the origins of the custom to drink alcohol on Purim. It will challenge assumptions about good and evil, what Purim is all about, and what it means to be Jewish. Come ready to, in the words of the book of Esther, have what you thought you knew “turned upside down.”

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Spinoza

One of the most significant figures in the history of philosophy, Spinoza was excommunicated by the Jewish community.

On Writing a Fictionalized Account of Baruch Spinoza’s Family

I’ve often been asked both by journalists and by my readers why my novel  The Elixir of Immortality  tells the ...