Issues 04:06 Lord, Teach Us to Pray!

The Mystery of the Megilla

A Mystery in the Megillah
Topics: purim

A megillah is one of the five scrolls of the Bible (Ruth, Song of Solomon, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and Esther). However, most often the term refers to the scroll of Esther, which is read in its entirety at Purim. Because the scroll of Esther is ten chapters long, the phrase “whole megillah" has come to mean the entirety or…

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: The Peddler
Topics: vaysechvoos
Author: Susan Perlman

The ladies of Vaysechvoos, like women in the shtetlach throughout the Czar’s land, had little education. They were, of course, taught those things necessary to make a home for their husbands: clothes making, cooking, cleaning and so on. They were taught to obey the precepts of the rabbis: the taking out of a small portion…

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Lord, Teach Us to Pray! Reflections on the Jewish Prayer Book
Author: Larry Brandt

I set myself to enjoy my favorite program on the television. With great expectations I turned on the TV, but nothing happened…no music…no picture…not even a commercial! Disappointed, I declaimed the TV worthless, a useless box that offered me entertainment but couldn’t deliver it. Then I noticed that the television was not plugged in, and…

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A Deliberate Mistranslation?

Judaism, as practiced today, is sacrifice. The siddur emphasizes this fact and offers an explanation: Lord of the universe, Thou has commanded us to sacrifice the daily offering at its proper time and manner… Now, through our sins the Temple is destroyed, the daily offering is abolished, and we have neither priest officiating, nor Levite…

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