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There’s Honey in the Rock – Parashat Hukkat, in Memory of the Victims of Charleston by Rabbi Annie Tucker

If it had been possible to do so, I would have sent each member of our congregation a package this past week. The package would have contained within it a graggar, and I would have asked us each to hold this noise-maker in our hands as we read the papers and listened to the news; I would have asked us to sound this noise-maker every time we came upon the name Dylann Roof. When one hears of a mass murderer within Judaism, it is our custom to say Yimach Sh’mo – may his name be blotted out – a tradition that finds expression on the holiday of Purim when we actually drown out the name of evil Haman with graggars and loud clamor. Continue reading →

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