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Happy Passover, friends! As we gather together and celebrate our exodus from Egypt and our deliverance from slavery, may we remember the many people around the world who are still in bondage to poverty, terrorism​ and other disadvantages​. We look forward to the day when, like the Israelites on Passover, all people are truly set free. ​We pray all of you are welcoming Pesach with joy and peace! ​Next year in Jerusalem!

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Purim is the time when we commemorate Esther and Mordecai’s victory over Haman and his plot to kill the Jews in Persia.

"He wrote them to observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor." Esther 9:22

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This Saturday Tu Bishvat is celebrated in Israel.

Tu Bishvat literally means the 15th day of the month of Shvat.  It is the date of Rosh Hashanah La-ilanot, the “New Year for the Trees” – the turn of the year for the purposes of determining the age of a tree, which is needed for calculating a tithe.  (The fourth year of a tree’s fruit is to be dedicated to God.)

In Israel, we see the almond trees blossom, marking the early days of spring and the start of growing season.

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