Though an ardent Zionist, I'm neither blind nor naïve and have ambivalence for each of the 3 dates
The Lemba tribe (Southern Africa) have an oral tradition they're descendants of Israel's Lost Tribes
All members of "Operation Wedding" were freed, emigrating to Israel-A true "Exodus from the Gulag"
German poet Heinrich Heine: “Since the Exodus, freedom has always been spoken with a Hebrew accent.”
Just like Moses and Aaron, Mordechai decides to ruin the party…
Purim points to peruse and ponder.
The Holocaust was the latest attempt of Amalek to destroy the special bond that we enjoy with God.
One can drink up to the Talmud's criterion to confuse Mordechai and Haman-but not beyond.
“The voice is the voice of Yaakov, but the hands are the hands of Esav” gives great insight to Purim
Purim is the battleground of extremes, Amalek and Yisrael, with Zoroastrian Persia in between.
One should not give the money before Purim morning or after sunset.
The mishloach manos of times gone by were sometimes simple and sometimes elaborate, but the main focus was on the preparation of the delicious food they contained.
Does Hashem ever go away and not pay attention to us?
Havdalah.com will be streaming an inspiring/live/MUSICAL/global Havdalah(NOT to fulfill obligation)
The 10th of Tevet began the chain of calamities culminating in the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash
10th of Tevet marks the onset of the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylonia
It's fascinating how sources attain the status "traditional," or its equivalent level of kashrus.
A revolution is taking place between good and evil; light and darkness. Make the light activism!
What does the way we count the days of Chanukah come to teach us about living in the present?
Israel projects global material illumination not always the light of "morality" meant by the Navi
"Can you hear what the dead are whispering? Leave Galut, escape to Eretz Israel-Lech lecha!"
Chanukah is the holiday of liberty, combining The Book (faith and dedication to God) and the sword
Once this took place, no Beit Din could annul its practice but for an entirely different reason. A minhag accepted by klal Yisrael becomes an obligation that must be practiced.