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Purim at the JCC!


Dear Friends,

This weekend we celebrate the beginning of the month of Adar II and as we approach the joyous festival of Purim, we can’t help but reflect on the timeless lessons embedded in the Purim story, ones that continue to resonate in our modern world. The words spoken over two millennia ago by the Persian viceroy Haman echo eerily in today’s discourse, where differences among people are sometimes misunderstood and wrongly perceived.

“There is a certain people, scattered and dispersed among the other peoples in all the provinces of your realm, whose laws are different from those of any other people and who do not obey the king’s laws; and it is not in Your Majesty’s interest to tolerate them.” (Esther 3:8)

Yet, as we dive into the Book of Esther, we find that this tale of intrigue and resilience is not merely a historical account but a timeless guide for navigating the complexities of all eras. The narrative unfolds with Mordecai’s refusal to bow to the viceroy, setting off a chain of events that, in many ways, mirror challenges we face today.

But fear not, for Purim is a celebration of triumph over adversity, of courage in the face of uncertainty. It’s a reminder that even in the most unexpected places and times, we can find ourselves positioned to make a difference.

As we gather for our Purim festivities at the JCC, let’s not only revel in the joyous atmosphere but also carry with us the spirit of resilience and the commitment to stand against prejudice. Join us for our JCC Purim celebration and mark your calendars for an exciting collaboration with the Zoo the following week! Find more information about both events below.

Let’s make this Purim a time of unity, joy, and purpose, celebrating our shared strength as a community.

Shabbat Shalom and wishing you a vibrant and festive Purim,
Rabbi Moriah SimonHazani 

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