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VOSJCC brings back communitywide Purim carnival: The Valley of the Sun JCC is bringing back its communitywide Purim carnival, which will take place 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, March 12 on the soccer fields of the JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
The most important aspect of most Purim pastries is their shape. Most Ashkenazic Jews only know of hamantaschen, the triangular pastries filled with prunes or other fruit fillings. This word is taken from the German words mohn (meaning poppy seeds) and taschen (referring to pockets). Some say the pockets refer to Haman who stuffed his pockets with bribe money.
You won’t find wildflowers, prize-winning roses or neat hedges at the Evanne Copland Kofman Biblical Garden at Congregation Beth Israel. What the garden grows is much more profound – a glimpse into the natural world of the Bible.
The Midrash in Kohelet Rabbah teaches that God told man He created everything for him. “Be careful not to spoil or destroy my world – for if you do, there will be nobody after you to repair it,” God said.
This week’s parshah, Beshalach, describes one of the greatest miracles in Jewish history, the Exodus from Egypt. Pharaoh acted, not for humane considerations, but because he was coerced by nationwide hysteria after the slaying of the firstborn (“for there was no house in which there was no death”).
Rabba Ramie Smith of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, an Orthodox congregation, says she doesn’t have time to protest the Orthodox Union decision banning its synagogues from hiring women clergy like herself.
Temple Chai will offer a session of Goat Yoga for Tu B’Shevat. Participants will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix, and caravan to Gilbert for a noon session of yoga on a goat farm. To attend, email Rabbi Bonnie Koppell, firstname.lastname@example.org.
What causes darkness to instill psychological angst into the hearts of children and adults alike?
In celebration of Chabad of Scottsdale’s 25th anniversary, the children of the organization’s founders, Rabbi Yossi and Dina Levertov, are coordinating a Torah dedication celebration. “What better way for all of us to honor them, and this special community, than the commissioning and welcoming of a new seder Torah?” ask two of the couple’s daughters, Chaya and Risa, in the invitation to the Feb. 12 event.
Right after my first daughter was born, I was talking with a good friend who mentioned that I looked like I had it all together. That I looked so happy. After all, I was wearing makeup and a sheitel (a wig to keep my hair covered rather than a comfier scarf or hat) several weeks postpartum.
Rabbi David Almog, who is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Talmud and Rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary, will speak about “Idols and Idealizing: The Jewish Encounter with Buddhism” at a Valley Beit Midrash lecture, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at Congregation Or Tzion, 9096 E. Bahia Drive, Suite 106, Scottsdale. He previously served as the campus rabbi for the Hillel at Columbia University and Barnard college.
When Alexandra Benjamin was pregnant recently with her son, she went shopping for appliances for her new apartment in Jerusalem.
Between the challah bake, the Shabbat Project and conferences in Washington, D.C., it's been a busy week.
Shabbat in Jerusalem was like no Shabbat I have ever experienced.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about a program that two ex-IDF soldiers developed to help teach disadvantaged teens to surf and in turn to become surfing teachers for wounded warriors.