Sunday, March 12, 2017
Today is Purim. Many of us listened to the reading of Megillat Esther last night in synagogues of all denominatioins and in many locations. Today the Megillah is read once again and the day features sharing of food items with friends (Mishloach Manot) and gifts to the poor (Matanot L'Evionim).
On Shabbat, the day before Purim, Rabbi Diana Fersko of the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue delivered a sermon that included reflections on Jewish humor in general, and the role of humor on Purim.
Rabbi Fersko received her ordination from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City where she was the recipient of numerous awards for academic excellence. She also holds a master’s degree in Hebrew Literature.
During the short sermon, she tells a few old and familiar Jewish jokes, and advises to spend Purim emoting, singing, clapping, and laughing. She notes that the Talmud says that God himself dedicates specific time each day to laughter and joy, and encourages us to follow that example.
Happy Purim to everyone!
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