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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

On Sunday, Feb. 28, Temple Israel welcomed more than 100 cars to our campus for safe and socially distanced parking lot activities such as Purim-themed games, stories, prizes, as well as a professional circus show with juggling, acrobatics and more. Families were encouraged to wear costumes and decorate their vehicles, as well as bring boxes of pasta to donate to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry and a bag of coins to play games, which was collected for Tzedekah. All guests were gifted a Mishloach Manot with sweets, Hamentashen, grogger, and other goodies.

Temple Israel’s Purim Car-nival

March 2, 2021

On Sunday, Feb. 28, Temple Israel welcomed more than 100 cars to the congregation's Purim Car-nival and Mishloach Manot. Families were able to enjoy safe and socially distanced parking lot activities, such as Purim-themed games, stories, prizes, as...

Cathleen Kronemer, NSCA-CPT, Certified Health Coach, is a longtime fitness instructor at the Jewish Community Center of St. Louis.

Haman, hamantaschen and how to have a healthy Purim

By Cathleen Kronemer February 24, 2021

While kids of any age look forward to December all year long, anticipating 8 fun-filled nights of gifts, dreidel spinning, latkes and chocolate “gelt” on Hanukkah, Judaism also features another grand and celebratory holiday, replete with costumes,...

Rabbi Hershey Novack is co-director of the Chabad on Campus Rohr Center for Jewish Life at Washington University.

Improving social ties on Purim

By Rabbi Hershey Novack February 23, 2021

A recent article in The Atlantic (“The Pandemic Has Erased Entire Categories of Friendship”) focuses on the decline of interactions among “weak social ties” during the COVID-19 pandemic. This refers to the people we know casually – the people...

Purim Funny Story

Howie Mandel, Bob Saget and other celebrities to read the Purim story for charity

BY ERIC BERGER, ASSOCIATE EDITOR February 19, 2021

We know you’re probably bummed that there aren’t the usual big, indoor Purim carnivals happening this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But that doesn’t mean you can’t spin a grogger, eat some hamantaschen and watch some of the funniest Jewish...

Photo by Anastasia Zhenina from Pexels

Is it a mitzvah to drink on Purim?

Bill Motchan February 16, 2021

Scholars have long debated whether the Talmud does in fact declare it a mitzvah to drink alcohol on Purim. Or more accurately, to drink enough on Purim that one cannot distinguish between “cursed be Haman” and “blessed be Mordecai.”Most students...

David Hermelin is shown with the barrels used to age Hermelins Righteous Seven Barrel Reserve liqueur. Photo: Bill Motchan

Getting downright righteous for Purim this year

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light February 16, 2021

If you’re stocking your bar for a festive Purim celebration, which begins the evening of  Feb. 25, here’s a tip: Get a bottle of Righteous Seven liqueur. The award-winning spirit is inspired by the Old Testament and manufactured right here in the...

Students at the Leffell School in Westchester County, which emerged as an early epicenter for the coronavirus last spring in New York state, celebrated Purim from home in 2020. (Courtesy of Yael Buechler)

‘We’ve lost almost an entire year’: COVID-fatigued communities prepare for a distanced Purim

Shira Hanau February 1, 2021

(JTA) — In any other year, the mask-decorating party planned for later this month at Congregation Beth El Ner Tamid in Broomall, Pennsylvania, would make perfect sense: Costumes are part of the ritual for festive Jewish holiday of Purim, which begins...

Rabbi Noah Arnow

Reading the scroll of Esther: Hope or warning?

By Rabbi Noah Arnow March 5, 2020

Is  every mitzvah, every commandment equally important?  In some sense, of course — if we understand God as the source of mitzvot, commandments, then every mitzvah is an equal opportunity to obey or disobey God and God’s will for us.  And plus,...

Dulce de leche hamantaschen. Photo: Leann Shore

Dulce de leche hamantaschen: Rethinking a famed South American cookie for Purim

By Leanne Shor, The Nosher via JTA March 5, 2020

This recipe originally appeared in The Nosher.Bringing new life to hamantaschen was a challenge. People are dead set on their favorite flavors like classic poppy seed and apricot. Of course, newer directions such as Nutella and rainbow funfetti are a...

Michael Oberlander

Amalek, Al Noor and Linwood Mosques, and Purim

BY MICHAEL OBERLANDER March 21, 2019

Last Friday, we woke up to the horrific news of massacres at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. It was another sucker punch to the gut so soon after the killings at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. As of now, we know...

Recipe: Boyoja Ungola Di-Purim (Haman’s Eyes Buried in Challah)

By Margi Lenga Kahn March 14, 2019

Ingredients:1 pound portion of unbaked challah dough, kneaded and risen for 1½ hours, or held overnight in the refrigerator. 2 hardboiled eggsDirections:Cut off a fist-size portion of the dough, set small portion onto the side of your counter and cover...

Photo: Michael Kahn

Recipe: Hadgi Badah (Cardamom-Almond Cookies)

By Margi Lenga Kahn March 14, 2019

Ingredients:2 c. all-purpose flour1 tsp. ground cardamom½ tsp. salt¼ tsp. double-acting baking powder1 1/3 cups sugar4 large eggsFinely grated zest of half of amedium orange2 cups blanched almond flour or mealOrange blossom water or water, formoistening...

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