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The Purim Story

In a thrilling and amusing lecture, Rabbi Geller recaps the Purim story. The heroes of the story are Esther, a beautiful young Jewish woman living in Persia, and her cousin Mordecai, who raised her as if she were his daughter. Esther was taken to the house of Ahasuerus, King of Persia, to become part of his harem. King Ahasuerus appointed Esther as the Queen, but the King did not know that Esther was a Jew, because Mordecai told her not to reveal her identity

Pesach - Counting the Omer

What is the reason for counting the omer? When, according to the Torah we are obligated to count the days from Passover to Shavuot. On the second day of Passover, in the days of the Temple, an omer of barley was cut down and brought to the Temple as an offering. What is the significance of this grain offering referred to as the Omer? Rabbi Gottlieb teaches us the profound meaning of counting the omer