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Mega Mishteh

Rachel Bachrach

How many people attend your Purim seudah? 10? 20? 30? What’s it like to host a seudah with double or triple that number of guests? Four women from across the globe share the nuts and bolts of how to host a seudah that rivals Achashveirosh’s (or at least tries to) and still smile when telling the tale.

 

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As told to Chany Rosengarten

Morning. I hear the Megillah just after dawn and return to a house enwrapped in sweet, slumbering silence. A rustle. A rattle of the front door. I turn, and I see a white envelope appearing under the door. I snatch it up, finger the smooth paper. And then I open it. Matanos l’evyonim.

 

Family Flub: Perpendicularly Preposterous Purim Prose

Various

Dusty Diamonds. Sure-fire ways to keep from growing up. An ancient document, a neo-Nazi funding Arab bombers, and a man entangled in the desperate race to save the Jewish People. A husband who won’t be the next gadol hador. Purim meets Family First.



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We Want to Stay Jews
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “It’s your fault my son is marrying a goyah!”
Scandal on Z Street
Yonoson Rosenblum Is the IRS becoming an instrument of partisan warfare?
Saved by the Buzzer
Eytan Kobre It wasn’t adopted frumkeit, it was actualized truth
The Switchblade and the Chazon Ish
Rabbi Meir Wikler The long-term effectiveness of our current actions
Financial Austerity
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman The temptations of bribery are overwhelming
The Best Policy
Jacob L. Freedman “Start by being honest and asking for help”
Cause Then Effect
Faigy Peritzman Not what we say, but why we say it
Parental Burnout
Sarah Chana Radcliffe A burned-out parent can’t take care of anyone
On the Derech
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz Our own wavering in emunah opens the door to Amalek