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Shalom chaverim (friends),

This weekend we will be celebrating Purim at TBI. At services on Friday

evening, instead of the usual Torah reading, I will retell the story of Esther.

My sermon, however, will focus on the weekly Torah portion (Tzav, Leviticus

6:1–8:36), as I relate some of its messages to current events. The holiday of

Purim has many traditions and commandments associated with it, including

reading the Scroll of Esther, wearing costumes (I plan to wear a costume to

services), rejoicing, sharing gifts of food with neighbors and friends (called in

Hebrew mishlo’ach manot) and giving tzedakah to the poor.

Adult Ed on Saturday will be at noon. Following a dairy pot luck meal, I will

talk about “Israel and the Making Of The Modern Middle East.” A miracle of

no less significance than the one that took place in Persia more than 2000

years ago, the history of the creation of modern Israel is complex and involves

a cast of thousands if not millions. It’s a story that sometimes gets lost in the

midst of the blood and smoke of war and terrorism. Hopefully my talk will

shed some light on the global events that led to the establishment of the State

of Israel in 1948.

Sunday at Religious School I will once again fulfill the commandment of

telling the story of Purim. Lunch will follow our RS session. Students as well

as adults are encouraged to come in costume.

I look forward to seeing you this weekend.


Rabbi Heilman