“And Make Yourselves a New Heart and a New Spirit”
BY RABBI IRVING GREENBERG for myjewishlearning.com
A serious lesson that focuses on fighting evil precedes the Purim festivities.
Purim opens on a somber note. Haman is identified as the descendant of Amalek, whose people attacked Israel in the desert, the symbol of cruelty to the weak. Before celebrating the defeat of the wicked, one must remember that God (as well as God’s people) has a war with the Amalekites and will not be at ease until the Amalekites are blotted out. Jews are pledged to work for the end of oppression of the weak everywhere; a temporary, partial victory should not blind one to the persistence of evil in the world.
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Shabbat Dinner, Libyan Style
By Joan Nathan for Tablet Magazine
Tired of the same old roast chicken? Try chraime, a spicy fish dish that’s a Friday night staple for Jews from North Africa.
On my last trip to Israel, I spent a few days at Uri Buri’s Efendi Hotel, renovated from two Pasha’s palaces in the old city of Akko. I had heard of the legendary Uri Buri, a larger-than-life presence whose name is synonymous with seafood and fish; in the hotel’s restaurant, of course also called Uri Buri, we tasted his creations such as mackerel with eggplant and salmon with wasabi ice cream. While we ate, he came to join us, sharing stories about the comings and goings from the port of Akko, from the Bible to modern times.
How much do you know about this weekly holiday?
Though many activities are forbidden on Shabbat–from writing to playing instruments–Shabbat is seen as a great gift from God to the Jewish people, and is celebrated with special songs, meals, and prayers. How much do you know about Shabbat?
QUESTION 1 OF 10
True or False: Shabbat services are generally longer than weekday services.
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Join the World's Largest Holocaust Remembrance Event
International Holocaust Remembrance Day is this Saturday, January 27, 2018
The World Jewish Congress has launched its second annual #WeRemember campaign in commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Through this initiative, we are reaching out to millions of people across the globe to encourage them to partake in a simple yet meaningful task that will inspire conversation and help ensure that a new generation will learn the story and lessons of the Holocaust.
We ask you to photograph yourself while holding a sign with the words "We Remember", and post the image to social media using the hashtag #WeRemember.