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Faith leaders' year of pandemic: grief, solace, resilience

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In a pandemic-wracked year, religious leaders and spiritual counselors across the U.S....

Looking up Down Under: How Australia's largest Jewish community coped better than most with COVID - Africa, Asia and Australia

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Mar. 10, 2021
Purim 2021 was the first holiday Melbourne’s Jewish community celebrated together in nearly a year.
After the southeastern Australian state of Victoria imposed a snap five-day lockdown early last month, following an outbreak of the hyper-contagious U.K. variant at a Melbourne hotel, Rabbi Gabi Kaltmann at the Ark Modern Orthodox synagogue started researching the halakhic validity of a Zoom megillah reading. But the state government lifted the lockdown on February 17 and Kaltmann hastily prepared for a hamantaschen bake, two megillah readings and a Purim party – all socially distanced, of course. 
“The atmosphere was electric,” Kaltmann told Haaretz after the hamantaschen bake launched the festive celebrations last month. “Everyone was so happy to be around other people.” 

'An exciting opportunity': Chabad of Fairfield meets growing interest with new project

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'An exciting opportunity': Chabad of Fairfield meets growing interest with new project
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Rabbi Shlame Landa, Director and spiritual leader of Chabad of Fairfield, left, and Stanislav Gomberg, co-chair of the Fairfield Forward capital matching campaign.Christian Abraham / Hearst Connecticut MediaShow MoreShow Less
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Stanislav Gomberg, community member and co-chair of the Fairfield Forward capital matching campaign, poses at Chabad of Fairfield in Fairfield, Conn., on Friday Mar. 5, 2021. Chabad of Fairfield is working on an expansion project following an increase in interest during the pandemic. The work would also make the synagogue safer, with enhancements including the creatation of a plaza, adding new sidewalks and access points and repaving its parking lot.Christian Abraham / Hearst Connecticut MediaShow MoreShow Less

With COVID ban on public transport, Purim revelers head to Jerusalem on foot

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Entire families with baby carriages and suitcases were spotted walking along the highways to the city, mainly along Route 443, Bar Giora Road and Ein Hemed Road.
Jerusalem celebrates the Purim holiday later than the rest of the world, and the holiday continues into Sunday in the city rather than ending on Friday evening. On Friday, the coronavirus cabinet ordered that public transportation to and from Jerusalem cease operations until midnight Monday to prevent large prevent large gatherings and celebrations during the holiday.
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A family walks to Jerusalem, today.Credit: Emil Salman

Police attacked with stones at Jewish costume festival Purim in Israel

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Some ultra-Orthodox Jews shouted ‘Nazis’ at the officers, while others threw liquid-filled bottles as well as rocks.

In Pictures: Israel Gets in Purim Spirit amid Fears of Rise in Infections

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In Pictures: Israel Gets in Purim Spirit amid Fears of Rise in Infections
Amir Levy/Getty
28 Feb 2021
Israel celebrated the Jewish holiday of Purim over the weekend amid merriment, illegal costume parties and soaring infections. Undeterred by the public transport ban, thousands of revelers descended on Jerusalem by foot on Sunday.
Israel’s coronavirus transmission rate was once again nearing one and was expected to climb after mass gatherings over the holiday.
בלי מסכות, בלי ריחוק ובניגוד להנחיות – נמשכת המסיבה בשוק הפשפשים@daniel_elazarpic.twitter.com/rFjwst2dlz
Following a two month nationwide lockdown, hotels, gyms and swimming pools in Israel reopened Sunday for vaccinated and recovered coronavirus patients, while other venues including museums and shopping malls reopened to all public.

Israel could stretch Purim coronavirus curfew through Monday morning

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Police brace for holiday's celebrations amid easing of coronavirus restrictions, while Israel's government weighs the extension of curfew

Israel's COVID czar condemns restriction violations as hundreds party in Tel Aviv

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With Israel about to begin three-day nightly curfew over coronavirus concerns, Nachman Ash says it is 'very dismaying' to see parties taking place

Howie Mandel, Bob Saget and other celebrities to read the Purim story for charity

(JTA) — A slew of Jewish comedians are teaming up for a Purim event to raise money for the Met Council, a Jewish charity fighting poverty in New York City.

Purim Quotes And Sayings 2021: Bible Verses, Inspirational Thoughts For Jewish Holiday

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Purim Quotes And Sayings 2021: Bible Verses, Inspirational Thoughts For Jewish Holiday
02/25/21 AT 7:20 AM
Thursday marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday Purim, a spring festival celebrated on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar. People enjoy the day by wearing different costumes, dancing, conducting parades and having traditional food. It was first celebrated in the first century A.D.
This year, Purim begins Thursday evening and ends the following evening. Here are 10 quotes, sayings and Bible verses, courtesy the Reporter Times, to share on the Jewish holiday:
"I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken." – Psalm 16:8

WATCH: Children in Israeli Hospital Wake Up to a Wonderful Purim Surprise!

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Children at Sheba Hospital near Tel Aviv woke up to the most amazing surprise ahead of the festive holiday of Purim. Outstanding!

WATCH: Israeli Volunteer Medics Share the Joy of Purim with Holocaust Survivors

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United Hatzalah EMTs went beyond the call of duty when they entertained Holocaust survivors with festive music and dancing on Purim eve.

Purim Festival is Coming

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The Purim festival commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from the Jew-hating prime minister Haman's plot to destroy all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day. This year we are celebrating Purim on Friday, February 26
th, starting on Thursday night.
During Purim, one of the mitzvahs is to read the Megillah (book of Esther), which recounts the story of the Purim miracle. Also among the Purim mitzvahs are, giving gifts like food, drinks, clothing, and/or money to at least two people in need, and sending two kinds of food at least to one person.

Haman, hamantaschen and how to have a healthy Purim


Apr 16, 2021
Lila Mildred Meyers will become a bat mitzvah on May 15, 2021. Lila is the daughter of Mrs. Morgan and Honorable Matthew and big sister of Greyson and Jack Meyers of Creve Coeur. Lila is the granddaughter of Mrs. Judy and Dr. Mark Meyers of Chesterfield and Mrs. Peggy and Mr. Robert Wynne of…

Purim Guide for the Perplexed 2021 | United with Israel

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Purim’s historical background.  The 586 BCE destruction of the 1st Jewish Temple and the expulsion of Jews from Judea and Samaria – by the Babylonian Emperor, Nebuchadnezzar – triggered a wave of Jewish emigration to Babylon and Persia. The latter replaced Babylon as the leading regional power.
In 538 BCE, Xerxes the Great, Persia’s King Ahasuerus, the successor of Darius the Great, proclaimed his support for the reconstruction of the Jewish Temple and the resurrection of national Jewish life in the Land of Israel, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish Homeland.  In 499-449 BCE, Ahasuerus established a coalition of countries – from India to Ethiopia – which launched the Greco-Persian Wars, attempting to expand the Persian Empire westward. However, Persia was resoundingly defeated (e.g., the 490 BCE and 480 BCE battles of Marathon and Salamis), and Ahasuerus’ authority in Persia was gravely eroded.

Ahead of Purim, a Look at the History of the Jews of Persia (Now Iran)

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Feb 24, 2021
In honor of the holiday of Purim that is observed this week, celebrating a miraculous Jewish victory in ancient Persia, where they were threatened with annihilation, let’s take a quick glance at the history of the Jews of Iran. 
By Rabbi Ari Enkin, Rabbinic Director, United with Israel
Jews have had a continuous presence in Iran since the time of Cyrus the Great of the Achaemenid Empire. Today, of course, Jews who come from Iran are referred to as “Iranian Jews.” Iranian immigrants in Israel are referred to as
Parsim, meaning “Persians.”
In Iran, Jews are referred to by four terms: Kalimi, Yahudi, Israel, and Johud, though the latter is considered offensive. There are about 10,000 Jews in Iran today.

Third of Israelis vaccinated, but restrictions loom for Purim holiday

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Israel's Health Ministry wants ministers to adopt a proposal for an overnight curfew starting Thursday to avoid COVID violations during the holiday

Third of Israelis have received two COVID shots, but Purim restrictions loom

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Israel's Health Ministry wants ministers to adopt a proposal for an overnight curfew starting Thursday to avoid COVID violations during the holiday

Improving social ties on Purim

A recent article in The Atlantic (“The Pandemic Has Erased Entire Categories of Friendship”) focuses on the decline of interactions among “weak social ties” during the COVID-19 pandemic. This refers

The week ahead: 3 stories to know

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An annual tradition from an iconic investor and other stories are the ones to watch this week.

Purim's Lesson on How to Defeat the Enemy: Keep Calm and Carry On

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Purim’s Lesson on How to Defeat the Enemy: Keep Calm and Carry On
A year ago we put on masks for Purim and haven't taken them off. Don’t panic.
While Purim is normally one of the happiest days on our calendar, this year it will mark a sobering milestone. Purim will essentially mark a full year of living through a pandemic that has radically changed our lives. While we are beyond grateful for the progress with treatments and vaccinations, the return to some sense of normalcy doesn’t seem imminent.
In ordinary times, when we meet someone, we shake their hand.The history of thehandshakedates back to the 5th century BCE in Greece. Shaking someone’s hand showed you weren’t approaching with a weapon.It was a gesture to communicate that you came in peace, that you posed no threat.

Where are Purim Heroes Mordechai and Esther Buried?

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Feb 21, 2021
As praying at the Tombs of holy people is a Jewish practice, there is much discussion as to where Mordechai and Esther are buried.
By Rabbi Ari Enkin, Rabbinic Director, United with Israel
We will soon celebrate the holiday of Purim, whose story is described in the Book of Esther. The heroes of the story are, of course, Mordechai and Esther, who foiled Haman’s evil plot to kill the Jews.
As praying at the Tombs of holy people is a Jewish practice, there is much discussion as to where Mordechai and Esther are buried for those who wish to vist their grave. According to one account, they are buried in Iran, where they lived, and according to another, their bodies were brought to Israel for burial. There are other views as well. Let’s take a look.

Grandma's Hamantaschen Recipe by

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Jewish Hamantaschen cookies are traditionally served during the holiday of Purim but are delicious to eat and fun to make any time of year. This is bubbe's time-tested classic hamantaschen recipe with apricot or the filling of your choice.

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