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Purim with Israel at War

Dear THA Community,

Why do we celebrate Purim, a festive holiday, knowing that Israel is at war?

Because, a fundamental teaching in Judaism is the importance of cherishing and celebrating life despite the challenges and tragedies we may face. This teaching urges us to embrace life with all its richness, meaning, and potential.

Even as we commemorate historical tragedies, such as those remembered during Purim or other solemn occasions, it's vital to affirm life, resilience, and hope. Through acts of kindness, charity, and communal support, we embody the spirit of choosing life. By doing so, we honor the memories of those who came before us and strive to build a brighter future for generations to come.

Yesterday, The Hebrew Academy participated in the worldwide mass recitation of Shema Yisrael, live streamed from the Western Wall, to dozens of locations in Israel and around the world. The goal of the event was the creation of a collective cry by the Jewish People in Israel and abroad in support of the hostages, missing, and soldiers. The prayer service fell on the Fast of Esther and commemorates the three-day fast observed by the Jewish people in the story of Purim.

As we celebrate Purim this weekend, we carry Israel in our hearts. We appreciate all that we have, all of our blessings, and will continue to pray for peace.

Toddah Rabbah!

To Marci Abrahamson and her committee for the beautiful and poignant Mishloach Manot gifts. The PTO broke all previous Purim fundraising records! Yasher Koach!

To Yehudit Cohen and her committee for another successful and fun-filled Purim Carnival!

To Sarah Glickstein Conti for organizing and sponsoring the After-School family Hamantashen Bake.

Chag Purim Sameach!

Shabbat Shalom,

Yoti Golan, Head of School

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