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Purim Night! | Connections 3/9/09

Purim Night at the Shul on the Beach was amazing.

On Sunday a number of volunteers from the community distributed Hamentaschen to passersby on the Venice Boardwalk. They met so many interesting Jewish people from Venice / Santa Monica and the rest of the world.

A lot of those people joined us for the Purim Party at the Shul on the Beach Monday night. We hope we will see them again soon!

I spoke briefly and put a bow on all our Purim talks up to this point.

It’s all online and you can click through to listen to the class.

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Yom Kippur and Purim | Connections 3/2/09

As we have learned more and more about Purim many people have danced around the subject of Yom Kippur and Purim.

There is a connection there and tonight we explored that connection. Quoting great Rabbis like the Vilna Gaon, Rabbi Yitzchak Blazer and R’ Yitzchak Hutner we went deeper than ever before into the world of Purim.

You will definitely enjoy the class especially if you have been following throughout the Purim series. To catch up you can listen to our first Purim class by clicking here and the second by clicking here. The conclusion of the series will be at the PJC Purim party on Monday night March 9, 2009 at the Shul on the Beach at 7:40 PM. See you then!

In the meantime enjoy this week’s edition.

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Purim, Doubt, Clarity and Amalek | Connections 2/23/09

Last week we began our Purim learning. (Recommended listening)

Tonight we continued our learning about Purim. Often misunderstood and misused, Purim deserves better treatment than that.

We journeyed through the book of Genesis, The Scroll of Esther and the Talmud in search of meaning and reason. Why is Purim named after the lottery that Haman cast? Why did Haman cast a lottery?

We answered a lot of questions tonight. The basic idea is universal but much of it is in the name of Rabbi Shneur Kotler.

Make sure you listen through the end because I forgot to answer one of our questions until one of the attendees reminded me during the questions :).

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Scoffers, Purim and the Measure of a Man | Connections 2/16/09

This week at Connections we began to unlock some of the secrets of Purim.

We began with Amalek the ancient nemesis of the Jewish People. We learned about their essence and how to eradicate that flaw from within ourselves.

One of the most profound ideas I have ever heard was also discussed. How to measure a man. What is the primary factor in determining the value of a person.

We also touched upon drinking on Purim.

Purim will be our theme for the next few weeks, so stay tuned for more!

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