Weekly Learning Download: Purim

This week’s free download is about the upcoming Holiday of Purim, excerpted from Days of Joy.

Days of Joy features ideas and insights of the Sfas Emes on Chanukah and Purim.

For nearly a century, Sfas Emes has been the challenging and provocative fare of outstanding scholars. Rabbi Yosef Stern showed that the “impossible” can be done. The profound, scintillating, pithy, incredibly rich discourses of the great Sfas Emes, Rabbi Yehudah Aryeh Alter of Ger, can be distilled into enlightening and inspiring English essays. The author opens a window to one of Chassidic literature’s stellar achievements.

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Prepare for Purim: Let My Nation Live

It’s that time of year! Jewish folks around the world are busy preparing for Purim. There are costumes to arrange, Hamantaschen to bake, shalach manos to pack…but what about learning?

Megillas Esther, read on Purim eve and again the next morning, tells the story of Mordechai, Esther, and the Jewish triumph over evil Haman. Sometimes we get so caught up in the excitement over the costumes, the parties, all the fun, that the deep history and the incredible story behind the megillah can get lost. It’s time to include the Purim story in your preparations.

Concisely written, Megillas Esther tells the basics of the Purim story. Pulling details from the midrash, Let My Nation Live teaches about Purim in richly detailed story form. The inner workings of Persian politics, the back-story behind the hatred that Haman had for Mordechai…these are issues that are hard to fully understand until reading this book.

Let My Nation Live reads like a novel, but it’s all true. It’s the story of Purim as described by the medrash and our sages, giving you a deeper understanding of the significance of every detail of the story. This book explains the significance of the Bigsan and Seresh angle. It describes, in harrowing detail, Haman’s decent from the top of the world to the lowly figure begging Esther for his life. It provides a deeper understanding of the party that started the chain of events leading to Vashti’s demise and Esther’s ultimate position in the Palace.

If you haven’t yet read this remarkable classic, pick up a copy. Prepare for Purim properly this year.

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Introducing: Megillas Lester – an animated Purim film!

Introducing…Megillas Lestera revolutionary new project from Kol Rom Animation Studios and distributed by ArtScroll.

Imagine if you found yourself going back in time to the times of Achashveirosh. Imagine if you were at his grand feast, and had the opportunity to change the course of the Purim story. Join Lester on his quest to save Purim in this revolutionary, full-length, animated film. The whole family will enjoy this unique and humorous take on the Purim story – and learn an important lesson in the process!

Watch the trailer below, or click here for behind the scenes videos on how the characters were created and animated, how the actors were cast, and what goes into producing a full featured animation like this one.

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Crafting Jewish: Shalach Manot Hamantaschen

Thinking about Shalach Manot? Make these adorable fill-able hamantaschen for a fun and affordable packaging option!

Crafting Jewish by Rivky Koenig helps you prepare for the holidays with creative and inventive crafts geared at enhancing your celebration and giving kids – and adults! – a great time.

To help get you ready for Purim, we are sharing one of the Purim crafts in this book. These adorable hamantaschen are perfect for filling with candy and other treats. Some of the other purim crafts in Crafting Jewish include purim puppets, grand graggers, and lots of DIY costumes, masks and hats.

Hamantaschen Craft  The Official ArtScroll BlogShalach Manot Hamantaschen

What You Need:

dinner plate

1 (12″x18″) sheet of beige or brown craft foam

pencil

scissors

hamentashen, food, or candy

stapler

purple tissue paper or cellophane paper

6″-7″ plate, optional

How to do it:

1.  Place the plate on the craft foam and trace around the plate.

2.  Cut out the circle of craft foam. Place the hamantashen, food, or candy into the center of the circle.

3.  To make the hamantash’s triangular shape, lift up two sides of the circle and staple together on top, where the two sides meet. Lift up the remaining side and staple to each of the other sides (see photo).

4.  Cut out a square of tissue paper or cellophane slightly larger than the hamantash’s opening. Stuff the tissue paper or cellophane into the opening to cover the food.

Optional: Use a 6″-7″ plate as your template to make a smaller hamantash (see photo).

Estimated time: 10 minutes

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Excerpted from Crafting Jewish by Rivky Koenig. Copyright ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications.