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Rabbi Ismar Schorsch talks with Larry Josephson about Purim, which celebrates the defeat of Haman's plot to destroy the Jews during the reign of Ahasureus, king of Persia.. The festival recalls an occasion when Jews were rescued from disaster. It honors the courage and wisdom of Queen Esther and her uncle Mordecai. The laws concerning the observance of Purim are defined in the tractate Megilla in the Talmud. On the 14th day of Adar, in services all over the world, the Megillat Esther is chanted to a traditional melody. The Purim story is significant to Jews not because it happened long ago in Persia, but because such catastrophes happened so many times.

Cantor Marcia Tilchin chants portions of the Megillah The program also includes an excerpt of the Purim service recorded at JTS in 2003, as well as music based on the Book of Esther. For more information go to learn.jtsa.edu/purim/

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