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Where is God in the Purim Story?

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

This is the question that is brought up in synagogues all over the world. The Story of Esther is a Book of the Jewish Bible that has no mention of God. Was this omission on purpose, or just a divine oversight? http://www.rachaelscentre.org


Is Esther a Good Jewish Role Model?

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Time and time again we look at Esther and ask if we should tell our kids to be more like Esther. After all, she married out of her faith and lied to her husband. So, is she actually a good role model? You’ll have to watch this video to hear the answer.

Are You Ready for Purim?

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Purim is here and you have your mask, hamentashen and gregor, do you need anything else? Rachael has the answer…

Recipe for Hamentashen

Monday, March 14th, 2011

As we all prepare our Mishloach Manot, Costumes and food, we thought we would share with you a great recipe for Hamentashen, courtesy of allrecipes.com


  • 1 1/2 cups butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (12 ounce) can poppyseed filling


  1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the orange juice and vanilla. Mix in the baking powder, then gradually stir in the flour until the dough forms a ball. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours. I like to do mine overnight.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into 3 inch circles using a cookie cutter or drinking glass. Place circles on the prepared cookie sheets. Spoon 1 teaspoon of filling onto the center of each circle. (Any more and it will ooze out) Pinch the sides of each circle to form a triangle, covering as much of the filling as possible. The cookies may be frozen on the cookie sheets if desired to help retain their shape while cooking.
  4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until light golden brown. These are best undercooked slightly. Cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes 36 Cookies

If you aren’t one for cooking, there’s always the grocery store!

Purim - Wheres The Joy

Friday, March 20th, 2009

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Purim - Life is a Mask-erade

Friday, March 20th, 2009

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