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THE ETERNAL FESTIVAL OF PURIM

The Midrash in Mishlei declares that when the Messiah comes, the festival of Purim will still be celebrated, and all the other festivals will be canceled. The Midrash adds that although all the other festivals will become obsolete, Yom Kippur will endure. But why is Purim so unique so that it will live on once … Continue reading “THE ETERNAL FESTIVAL OF PURIM”

GETTING UP AND BEYOND (PODCAST)

After exactly a year, Rabbi Dunner’s community has finally returned to their synagogue building, having closed the facility immediately after Purim last year in response to the dangers of COVID. Rabbi Dunner reflects on a difficult year for his community, although it was immeasurably enhanced by an open-air minyan at a synagogue member’s tennis court. … Continue reading “GETTING UP AND BEYOND (PODCAST)”

GETTING UP AND BEYOND

Earlier this week we moved back into our synagogue after a full calendar year of being unable to gather for services in our beautiful building. Truthfully, it is hard to believe that it’s been a whole year, but it has. Immediately after Purim last year the penny dropped, and we realized that a deadly virus … Continue reading “GETTING UP AND BEYOND”

MY BROTHER BENZI, AND HOW TO BE KIND (PODCAST)

“My late brother Benzi died in a car accident in 2008. Although he is principally remembered for his superlative philanthropy – and to be fair, his philanthropy was exceptional – my own recollections of him revolve around his incredible sensitivity and compassion.” Rabbi Dunner recalls his brother Benzi z”l, and his legacy that chimes with … Continue reading “MY BROTHER BENZI, AND HOW TO BE KIND (PODCAST)”

MY BROTHER BENZI, AND HOW TO BE KIND

My late brother Benzi died in a car accident in 2008. Although he is principally remembered for his superlative philanthropy – and to be fair, his philanthropy was exceptional – my own recollections of him revolve around his incredible sensitivity and compassion. Truthfully, his phenomenal generosity – which amounted to many millions of dollars given … Continue reading “MY BROTHER BENZI, AND HOW TO BE KIND”

A DAY LIKE NO OTHER (VIDEO)

One of the Jewish calendar’s most unusual days is Purim, a day of celebration and feasting marked by the type of revelry that is studiously avoided on any other day of the year. This rather curious phenomenon has its roots in the original story of liberation and redemption featured in the Megilla, as Rabbi Dunner … Continue reading “A DAY LIKE NO OTHER (VIDEO)”

A DAY LIKE NO OTHER

One of the Jewish calendar’s most unusual days is Purim, a day of celebration and feasting marked by the type of revelry that is studiously avoided on any other day of the year. This rather curious phenomenon has its roots in the original story of liberation and redemption featured in the Megilla, as Rabbi Dunner … Continue reading “A DAY LIKE NO OTHER”