9 Things You Didn’t Know About Purim

Posted on March 18th, 2019
From MyJewishLearning

This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Purim Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 

From Esther's vegetarianism to the Jewish leap year, things that might surprise you.

 

With costumes, spiels and lots of drinking, Purim , which in 2019 starts at sundown on Thursday, March 20, is one of Judaism’s most raucous holidays. You might know about beautiful Esther thwarting evil Haman’s plans, the custom of getting drunk and what hamantaschen are. But we’re guessing there’s a few things about this holiday that might surprise you.

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Ahasuerus and Vashti: The Story Megillat Esther Does Not Tell You

Posted on March 11th, 2019
Dr. Malka Z. Simkovich,  Dr. Rabbi Zev Farber,  Rabbi David Steinberg for TheTorah.org

 

This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Purim Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 

 

How the rabbis came to imagine Ahasuerus as a usurper who halted the rebuilding of the Temple and his wife Vashti as a wicked and grotesque Babylonian princess, who lived as a libertine and persecuted Jews.

In popular Jewish imagination, Ahasuerus is an illegitimate usurper king, and his royal wife, Vashti, is a grotesque Jew-hating villain, who gets what she deserves.  Neither of these portraits appears anywhere in the book of Esther, however. The megillah makes no mention of either Ahasuerus’ or Vashti’s lineage, nor are we told that Vashti persecuted Jews, or, for that matter, grew a tail, and had one hundred and three pimples (contrary to the children’s song popular in some circles).

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What Is Purim?

Posted on March 4th, 2019
by Rabbi Shraga Simmons for aish.com

 

This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Purim Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 

 

Summing up the Purim holiday: They tried to kill us, we won, let’s eat.

 

Purim is Judaism’s most dramatic, fun-filled holiday. When else can you dress up like a bunny rabbit and eat doughy triangles filled with poppy seeds?
Purim occurs on the 14th of Adar. (In certain walled cities like Jerusalem, “Shushan Purim” is celebrated the following day, the 15th of Adar.)

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The History of Yiddish

Posted on February 25th, 2019
By Mordecai Walfish on MyJewishLearning

 

Yiddish originated in Germany, but was eventually spoken by Jews all over Europe.

 

In its 1,000-plus-year history, the Yiddish language has been called many things, including the tender name mameloshen (mother tongue), the adversarial moniker zhargon (jargon) and the more matter-of-fact Judeo-German.

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Jewish Calendar: Solar and Lunar

Posted on February 18th, 2019
By MyJewishLearning

 

How the Hebrew calendar works.

 

The rhythm of Jewish time is determined both by the sun and by the moon. The basic unit of time is naturally enough the day, which is a unit of time determined by the amount of sunlight reaching the earth as it rotates on its axis.

 

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What's Happening at DHJC

5779 Pesah Guide Now Available

The Pesah Guide for 5779 is now available. This guide, prepared by the Kashrut Subcommittee of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards and approved by the CJLS, explains in detail the laws and customs regarding the dietary restrictions of Passover and is provided as a PDF for each family and individual to learn more about the joy of Pesach and the powerful traditions and customs of this Festival.

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Please join us on March 23 for exciting prizes and lots of fun while helping to raise funds for DHJC's exciting programs.  Who needs Atlantic City or Las Vegas when you have Casino DHJC?

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Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 7am
Sunday, 9am

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DHJC would love to keep in touch with your college student while they are away at school. Sisterhood would like to include your college student in our Collegiate Outreach Program. As a member of DHJC, your undergraduate college student(s) are entitled to receive various mailings and good wishes, all geared to the Jewish lifestyle and calendar.

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The PIC Program provides Counseling, Education, Case Management and Volunteer Coordination through the gateways of our synagogue partners

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A time to mourn, A time to grieve, A time to remember, A time to Act! 

Welcome to the Dix Hills Jewish Center

Welcome to the Dix Hills Jewish Center, a Conservative Congregation, celebrating 50 years as a beacon of dynamic Judaism in Dix Hills. We are a traditional egalitarian synagogue committed to the reality that all Jews are full partners in the beauty of Jewish life and that all Jews are given an equal role in all rituals. The Dix Hills Jewish Center is an engaging, vibrant congregation. We are excited about the growth in our synagogue, and the wonderful growth of the Jewish community of Dix Hills, Commack and the neighboring communities. We are a community committed to learning, to supporting each other, and to being a warm and welcoming place for all who participate. Welcome to the Dix Hills Jewish Center.

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If you are interested in attending any of our programs please check the Calendar in Upcoming Events. Children's programming is also available.


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Simchas

For joyous occassions in your life, please share your naches with the Rabbi. Inform the Rabbi about births, engagements, weddings and other noteworthy moments in the life of your family. The Rabbi will arrange for baby namings, provide information regarding a mohel ( for infant boys), coordinate a pidyon ha-ben (the redemption ceremony for firstborn males), schedule an aufruf (to celebrate a forthcoming marriage), weddings and bring the richness of Jewish traditions and mitzvoth into your simcha(email rabbi or call 631-499-6644).

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Death

Even before making funeral arrangements notify Rabbi Buechler at the synagogue office at 631-499-6644 (after office hours press #3 for the emergency numbers). Rabbi Buechler will assist and guide you in making the appropriate arrangements for the funeral. In the event that you cannot reach the Rabbi, contact the Jewish funeral home and begin to make your arrangements. PLEASE, if Rabbi Buechler is going to officiate at the funeral, do not finalize the funeral time until the Rabbi has contacted you. At most this will be a few hours. In the event that Rabbi Buechler is on vacation, Cantor Hevenstone is available and other local Conservative Rabbis are on call. Their names can be obtained by calling the synagogue office, an officer of the synagogue or the Ritual Chairman. It is also appropriate to contact Rabbi Buechler whenever tragedy or trauma occurs. On Shabbat and Yomtov the Rabbi does not use the telephone. Therefore, you can convey information to him on these days at the synagogue during scheduled service times, by calling him immediately after Shabbat or Yomtov or by going to his residence.


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Bikur Cholim & Home Visits

Do you have a relative or friend in our congregation who would benefit from a personal home visit? We are here for you! Members of our DHJC Social Action Committee - Tender Loving Congregants -- will happily come to visit and chat. BIKUR CHOLIM -- we visit our friends and relatives in Gurwin. Become a volunteer. Learn how.

High School students -- learn how to be a volunteer at Gurwin! There are many ways to volunteer.

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An Aliyah for YOU

Whether you are 20 or 120, or anything in between, we would like to honor you on the anniversary of your bar or bat mitzvah. Please send the date of your bar/bat mitzvah or the name of your parsha to Lee Grebstein [email protected]


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