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You may ask why the first mitzvah of Shabbat is the kindling of lights. That is because Shabbat is actually a celebration of the Creator and His Creation. G‑d’s creation of the world follows a seven-day cycle, which peaks each Shabbat and begins anew. At Creation, the first thing that was brought into being was light. Therefore, it is appropriate to kindle lights at the start of Shabbat in commemoration of the first light that was created.

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New Felonious adventure #2

Felonious is looking forward to making new friends, but he is worried that he will be shunned when people find out that he was in prison. If people could only get to know him before making up…

Adventures of Felonious Monk

This is the first of many of Felonious Monk’s adventures #1 Prison inmates are very grateful to the volunteers who come to visit them. Every Institution has a volunteer appreciation event annually. One lovely feature of this…

My Magen David (Star of David) Art

The Magen David is a widely recognized symbol of Judaism. The literal translation is ‘shield of David,’ referring to King David of the Bible. This Magen David is ‘inter-species art.’ My first lovebird was a female with…

The Story of Hamantaschen

Every 14th day of Adar on the Hebrew calendar Jewish people celebrate Purim. It’s a joyous holiday that marks the time the Persian Jewish population was saved from genocide. Okay, while Purim does have rather dark underpinnings,…

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Begins sunset of Thursday, February 25, 2021
Ends nightfall of Friday, February 26, 2021

Ta'anit Esther - February 25, 2021
Shushan Purim - February 27, 2021

Purim celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from the wicked Haman in the days of Queen Esther of Persia.

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