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The Four Mitzvot of Purim

Megillah Being Read on PurimThe jovial festival of Purim is almost upon us and I want to take this opportunity of providing you with a short update regarding the laws and customs.  Should you have any further questions, please feel free to call me.  Usually, the Fast of Esther is the day before Purim. Since the festival is on Sunday this year, we move the Fast to the preceding THURSDAY. The Fast begins at 5:03 A.M. and ends at 5:58 P.M.  Following is a synopsis of the mitzvot of Purim:

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From Israel With Love

satellite photo of IsraelDear Congregants and Friends,

I have just returned from Israel, where I went primarily to celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of my grandson, Yonatan.  Needless to say, it was wonderful.  Here are some of the main issues in Israel right now:

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The New Year Beckons

Apple In Honey for Rosh HaShanahA man was driving on a lonely road when he realized that he was hopelessly lost. There were no pedestrians or gas stations, and he began to have serious concerns that he would never reach his destination.

Then a thought struck him: he had a cell phone. He would call the person who had invited him and was waiting for him. Surely, his friend would know the way.

“Where are you?” his friend asked him.

“What does that matter? I need to know where I am going.”

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