Have you ever had a “bad” experience only to later discover that it was all for the best? Esther was the unwilling wife of an anti-Semitic king who lived a secret life as a Jew. Yet her predicament places her in the perfect position to rise up and save the Jewish people. On Purim, we raise ourselves up and bring joy to others with the beloved customs of feasting and sending gifts to the needy. Today in Israel, 1 out of 3 children is living in poverty. Help make the holiday a happy and joyous time for all of the Children of Israel!
A Hebrew name is a fundamental element of one’s identity. Traditionally, baby boys are given their Hebrew name eight days after their birth at their circumcision ceremony (brit milah) and baby girls are given their Hebrew names during the Torah reading in the days following their birth. If one’s parents did not give them a Hebrew name at birth, or if an individual is converting to Judaism from another religion, they have the freedom to choose their own Hebrew name. Those who have received a Hebrew name later in life have attested to the power they felt in their instant connection to their Biblical name. Find out your Hebrew name today!
Today’s magnificent photo by Boruch Len shows the largest synagogue in Jerusalem. A replica of a synagogue destroyed in Belz, Poland during the Holocaust, its rebuilding stands for the eternity of the Jewish people.