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The Rabbi's Desk: Purim Highlights

03/19/2019 09:27:58 PM


Inside: (see below)
•  **Purim Open House**
•  Matanot L'Evyonim
•  Derasha from this past Shabbat
•  Ayelet Poupko's Bat Mitzvah Siyum Dvar Torah

My Derasha this Shabbat in the Straus Main Sanctuary
will be a Derasha like you have never heard before in honor of Purim and inspired by the band whose name was inspired by QUEEN Esther. 

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**Purim Open House**

Everyone is invited to a Purim Open House at our home
on Purim Day, March 21st
from 12:30pm – 2:30pm
324 Audubon Road

Stop in for some Torah, a L'Chaim, snacks, and hot food

Matanot L'Evyonim
Haman observed the disunity of the Jewish people of his time. He described us to Achashveirosh as “a nation spread out and divided”. Our Rabbis see this as one of the primary spiritual weaknesses that left us vulnerable to the wicked aggression of Haman. This is why the Mitzvot of Purim are meant to strengthen our connections between one another and combat disunity. The optimal way to hear the Megilah is all together in shul, not in private homes (unless one is infirm), to counter Haman’s accusation and publicize the miracle to as great a number of people as possible. We join together in festive meals and add to each other’s enjoyment with Mishloach Manot. Most importantly, though, is the Mitzvah of Matanot l’Evyonim which not only supports those who lack but strengthens our bonds with those less fortunate as well. To fulfill your mitzvah of Matanot l’Evyonim please click here to make a donation online to our Charity Fund or bring a check to the shul office made out to Ahavath Torah Charity Fund and marked ‘Purim’ in the memo. Matanot l’Evyonim will be distributed on Purim day to those struggling with financial hardships locally and in Israel.

My Derasha from this past Shabbat
in the Straus Main Sanctuary

The Normalization of Hate: From Haman to Today

By request, I am sharing links to our daughter Ayelet's Bat Mitzvah Siyum Dvar Torah as well as the source sheet. Thank you to the entire community for making this celebration so special for all of us.




Mon, December 6 2021 2 Tevet 5782