Purim in Hebron & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

How to Host a Shabbat Dinner and Why You Should—Even if You Aren’t Celebrating The rituals of this Friday night tradition have become so much more than a religious experience. What’s better than winding down the week at home filled with your favorite people and the scent of a chicken roasting in the oven? Shabbat—the […]

I Couldn’t Believe That He Walked By At The Exact Right Time

The first Purim that I tried to fully observe took place in a most exotic location – a Native American reservation in South Dakota. It was very hard to properly keep the holiday, but then this happened. Produced by – Seth Feldman Director of Photography – Elie Gabor www.eliecreative.com

One Minute Purim Recipe: Savory Cheesy Hamantaschen

Sweet Hamentaschen are so Taf Shin Ayin Vav! Thank you, Sincerely Brigitte!  

My Purim Flight Miracle

A few weeks before Purim, my husband and I booked a flight from Chicago to California to visit my parents. I figured I would take off the day from work for Purim anyway, so it made for a good opportunity to take a long weekend and say ‘hi’ to them. All was proceeding according to […]

A Talk With Hasidic Music Superstar Lipa Schmeltzer

Though he may be the only hasid in the world to boast bleached-blond peyos, singing at the White House and appearing in a Pepsi commercial, Lipa Schmeltzer  (also known as “The Jewish Elvis,” and “The Lady Gaga of Hasidic Music”) had a rather typical hasidic upbringing in terms of religion. Emotionally, there were challenges. Growing up […]

Our Top 7 Favorite Homemade Shalach Manos Themes!

I’m not one of those DIY people. I’m creative, but most of the time, I simply can’t be bothered. I’d rather pay someone to DITFM (do it for me!) But when Purim comes around, I get a little crazy – crazy INSPIRED – that is. It started off several years ago with the Shushan Times […]

Purim In “La La Land”

Having been voted New York’s hippest rabbi (an honor which along with a Metro Card may get me to Midtown) and serving as the rabbi to Brooklyn’s trendsetting Pratt Institute, I find myself in a constant search to remain hip with the ‘kids.’ So when it came to planning this year’s perfect Purim party, I […]

Why Do We Spin A Grogger From Below And A Dreidel From Above?

Did you ever consider that both Purim and Chanukah contain toys which spin? But why does one spin from below while the other spins from above?

Who’s a Better Female Role Model, Queen Esther or Disney Princesses?

Did you ever consider that Queen Esther is a much better female role model for our kids than the Disney princesses we give them from the youngest age?

50 Second Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Hamantashen Recipe!

Reese Peanut Butter Cups plus hamantashen equals best Purim ever!! Thank you, Over Time Cook, for the recipe.

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