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  • Purim: A dark story, a crazy party, and a call to leadership

    (JTA) — Purim is a dark story marked by a crazy party. I’m still unsure why a close brush with extermination became, in the Middle Ages, an opportunity for costumes and farce, but there you have it. It’s the fifth century BCE, about a hundred years after the First Temple’s destruction. The Jews who were…

  • Why can’t twins just get along?

    Author Abigail Pogrebin rejects the Torah’s schematic representation of parental preference and siblings — twins in particular — as instinctive enemies.