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How to Drink on Purim: A Practical and Halachic Guide

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How to Drink on Purim: A Practical and Halachic Guide

By Rabbi Yisrael Rutman

There is a saying in Jewish tradition: “When wine goes in, a secret goes out.” (Talmud Sanhedrin 38a). For many people, the secret that emerges on Purim is that they haven’t the faintest idea of how to drink.

What follows is a brief guide for how to ensure that potential incompetence and other, more embarrassing, secrets are not revealed on this festival of joy:

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Purim Articles

Drinking Till The World To Come

By Rabbi Yechezkel Fox The Gemorra in Megillah (7b) says that a person is obligated to drink on Purim till he doesn’t know the difference between “Cursed is Haman” and “Blessed is Mordechai” Looking to the future, we know that in the World to Come : G-d will be King over the whole world –
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The Return of the Ark The Return of the Ark

Haman had just attended Ester’s first party but came home fuming because Mordechai didn’t bow down to him. Zeresh, his wife, suggested that he set up gallows 50 amos (about 25 meters) high and hang Mordechai on them. (Ester 5/14) According to the Midrash, Haman set out to find a piece of wood 50 amos
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Hooked On Purim …..  and more Hooked On Purim ….. and more

The Megillah begins with the letter vov (vayehi) and ends with letter vov (zaroy). A vov is shaped like a hook, and when the sound of the letter is spelled out in the form of two vovs, it actually means a hook. Hooks connect two separate things together: when the letter vov is used as
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For The Shabbos Table

Parshas Tetzaveh

by Rabbi Yechezkel Fox

A Passion for Anonymity

There is something missing in this week’s Parsha. It’s been in every Parsha since Shemos, and will be in every Parsha till the end of the Torah.

It’s Moshe’s name. It’s not mentioned in this Parsha. Why?
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Rabbi Mendel Weinbach Rabbi Mendel Weinbach

By Rabbi Yisrael Rutman

This article was based on a hespid (eulogy) for Rabbi Mendel Weinbach z”l given by Rabbi Nota Schiller yblc”t, one of his co-founders of Ohr Somayach Institutions.

Perhaps the most misunderstood aspect of Torah Judaism in our time is the relationship of rabbi and disciple.

In the media, Orthodox Jews are depicted as fanatic followers, imitating their leaders, each one the same, acting the same, dressing the same. An undifferentiated mass of black hats and coats. This is the stereotype.

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Hanukkah: Where Are The Miracles? Hanukkah: Where Are The Miracles?

By Rabbi Yisrael Rutman

Israelis are used to seeing miracles.

The miracle of the return of the Jewish people to the land of Israel after almost two millenia of exile topped off by the horrors of the Holocaust. The miracle of the renaissance of the Hebrew language. Miracles in the wars that enabled the army to overcome enemies with far superior forces.