Jewish Holidays

December 3rd, 2017

Five Fast Purim Facts

Here’s some interesting trivia you may not know about Purim, one of the most joyous holidays on the Jewish Calendar! 1. Purim celebrations include masquerading with masks and costumes, but…

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December 2nd, 2017

It Happened One Night: A Purim Devotional

“On that night, the king could not sleep; and he ordered that the book of memorable deeds, the chronicles, be brought, and they were read before the king…” Esther 6:1…

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November 30th, 2017

When Pure Intentions Release Divine Interventions

Our family lit our first Hanukkah candle years ago, and quite honestly, that first experience was pretty bad. Not bad in a wrong sense, but bad as in taking a bite of…

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September 24th, 2017

Yom Kippur | The Thriller?

Cue the dark and mysterious music in your head. Dim the lights. A little more. Now whisper with me in grave tones…The Day of Atonement. It sounds like something out…

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July 28th, 2017

Jewish Feasts & Holidays

When the children of Israel were delivered out of Egyptian slavery, God instituted special feasts, or “appointed times” throughout the agricultural year to celebrate, remember, repent, and give thanks. The…

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July 27th, 2017

Why the Rabbis Don’t Understand Rosh HaShanah

Every year Jewish people do the strangest thing. We celebrate a new year in the middle of the year. It is called Rosh HaShanah, and it is not in the…

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February 26th, 2017

Where is God? Where are You?

Two Esther-Prompted Questions to Ponder for Purim

Where is God? That’s a question that has occupied the minds of theologians, philosophers, and everyday people for ages. It’s also a question that confronts us when we read the…

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December 14th, 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah

As if 2016 has not already been an amazing year, I am actually writing this letter to you as I sit on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. There…

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September 27th, 2016

A Rabbi Looks at the Fall Feasts

As summer winds down and the autumn of the year approaches, we enter into an extremely important period in the Jewish calendar known as the Fall Feasts. In fact, three…

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June 8th, 2016

Shavuot: We Are Counting On You, Lord!

“One, two, three … forty-eight, forty-nine, FIFTY!” One of my favorite childhood games was hide and seek. It was all about building anticipation by counting to an agreed upon number,…

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April 14th, 2016

Passover: Turn an Ancient Feast into Living Color

The Start of Passover Some of my earliest family memories are about Passover. I remember eating the Passover Seder meal at my grandparent’s home and playing on the floor while…

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March 15th, 2016

Purim: Joy, Boldness, and Morning Star

Purim is the most joyous of all the Jewish festivals. Why is this? I’m glad you asked! Let me tell you the story. Many moons ago, in the land of Persia…

Posted in Jewish Holidays | By Rabbi David Rudolph, PhD Read more ›

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