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Purim Perspective from a Millennial

By: Fanya DoninRaje Manhattan 2018-2019 The Jewish holiday of Purim is quickly approaching, and I honestly couldn’t be more excited. We commemorate how the Jewish nation was saved from the wicked Haman who had planned to kill us all. And growing up, I always found the best part of the story to be that the…

Purim- Analysis of Haman’s Ten Sons

By: Danielle Ostrovsky Raje Manhattan 2018-2019 When one opens up any book of historical significance, one is not only putting him or herself in the context of a basic plotline; rather, one is immersing him or herself in the many layers and secrets that is contained within the period of time. One book that not…

Exodus: Soviet Jewry and a Revival of Jewish Identity

During Passover, we read these words from “Exodus:” “In days to come when your son asks you ‘What does this mean?’ Say to him, ‘With a mighty hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery (13:14).” As a student in yeshivah (Jewish day school), I found these biblical words…

Bella Abramovna and the Jewish People’s University

By Dr. Yvette Alt Miller When Bella Abramovna, a young Jewish girl in the Soviet Union, was six, someone gave her a middle school math book. It was a huge volume with thousands of mathematical problems. Bella had solved them all within a month. Bella lived with her mother in World War II-era Moscow. When…

Why was Yosef Mendelevich so determined to light the Chanukah candles?

Not so long ago, the entire Soviet Union was one huge prison. Its citizens were deprived of many freedoms we take for granted, including the right to practice our religion and live anywhere we choose, or even to emigrate to another country if we so desire. Any Russian citizen who wanted to leave the Soviet…