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It may be a yeshivah, a chassidic court, or just an ordinary Jewish home: if it’s Purim, there is joy … and music. So let’s turn to those who make the music, the singers and musicians who stand for hours, investing their energy and heart into ensuring that the Shoshanas Yaakov continues to experience that euphoria, the simchah that always was and ever will be — even when the world is filled with the Ultimate Light.
Silicone noses, facial masks, acrylic eyes … No, we’re not in a costume shop. Welcome to the world of facial prosthetics, where art, science, and technology are restoring dignity to victims of trauma, cancer survivors, and others.
The United Nations is not usually considered a friend of the Jewish People. Yet Professor Moishe Zvi Reicher, World Agudath Israel’s representative to the UN from 1995 to 2004, managed to work from within the organization to advocate on behalf of his people. How did this modern-day Mordechai do it, and on a shoestring budget that would make a tyrant laugh? Professor Reicher says he was motivated by Mordechai’s entreaty to Queen Esther.
The Purim Rav has his day of glory once a year. If he’s not careful, the consequences can be catastrophic; yet at other times he can be a vehicle for salvation and annulling evil decrees. Who chooses him? What are his qualifications? And how does the real rav feel when the Purim Rav steps into his shoes?