From Rabbi Krauss

Purim and Pesach have more in common than sharing the same first letter. In the eyes of tradition, they represent two kinds of redemption. This is indicated by the same separation between them in a leap year as a non-leap year, namely 30 days. This year, 5779 is a leap year when the month of Adar is repeated. In a non-leap year, Purim falls on the 14th of Adar. In a leap year it is observed on the 14th of the second Adar. Pesach falls on the 15th of the next month, Nisan. The halachic expression is, “To relate redemption to redemption.”

We are taught that we increase our joy when Adar begins, davening the entire month of Nisan in our weekday prayers. The Penitential Prayers (Tahanun) are not recited.

Purim is the quintessential Holiday of exile. The murderous plan of the arch anti-Semite Haman are frustrated. That is because King Ahasuerus was infatuated with his Jewish Queen Esther and the efforts of her brave uncle guardian Mordecai.

Pesach commemorates Jewish release from bondage to receive the Torah at Sinai and make their way to the Promised Land and freedom. Both holidays require sharing with the needy and other acts of charity.

The assertion that our faith is parochial concerned with Jews only is refuted by the message inherent in these holidays to oppressed and oppressions alike.

HAPPY PURIM AND A SWEET PESACH. Mildred, Joel, Sara, Rodger, Adam, Rebecca, Hannah, Mira and myself wish everyone a Happy Purim and a Sweet Pesach.