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Dear Sabbatical Diary: January 23, 2017

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 1:25pm -- Rabbi Ranon Teller

The Jewish Renewal conference in Boulder was fascinating and invigorating. It was fascinating to see a Jewish movement gather with such clarity and intensity. Regardless of personal politics, it was refreshing to see a group of like-minded, passionate seekers learn together and strategize. In the case of Jewish Renewal, the agenda is unabashedly progressive. There is broad community consensus on community goals and principles. This consensus and clarity fosters deep commitment and intense focus. There is a palpable sense of pride and purpose. 

Mishloach Manot - A Foundational Purim Mitzvah

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 1:40pm -- Rabbi Ranon Teller

The mitzvah of Mishloach Manot is fulfilled by sending gift baskets to friends. It is a mitzvah opportunity that is prescribed in the text of the Scroll of Esther. After Esther and Mordechai save the Jews from annihilation, the text commands the Jews to observe Purim as a day of “feasting and merrymaking, and as an occasion for sending gifts to one another [mishloach manot] and presents to the poor [matanot la’evyonim].” (Esther 9:22).

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