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#Purim's over; costumes are in the attic. With some trepidation, many Jews see the #Passover preparations & cleaning ahead.
Traditionally, this is a time to get Matza for the holiday.
125 y.a. students at Mikve Yisrael ag school were harvesting wheat. Why was a Rabbi there?
Making of Matza is very meticulous. No water can enter the process until the last minute, lest the grain, flour, or matza becomes leavened. Must complete the process from the second H2O is added to the flour, kneaded, rolled out & baked in under 18 minutes.
Rabbis supervise.
2 types of Matza made in the Ashkenazi world -- machine-made & hand-made. Below: Round hand-made baked in the UAE & machine-made in Haifa ~ 1920.
Workers had signs up to remind them to have intention to fulfill the mitzva of matza; it's not automatic.
Also a sign: don't smoke.
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138.01/ Week one-hundred and thirty-eight, March 4-10, 2023, thread begins here.

Week 137 below.
138.02/ #MotzeiShabbatMovieNight continues. Tonight is another one of my favorites, the underrated "A-Team (2010)"…
138.03/ [I forgot to link to my essay - appropriate for Shabbat #Zachor]

Moral Echoes of a Doomed King: the Fallen Reign of King Shaul (Alei Etzion 4, 1996, pp 83-101)…
Orig:… from…
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Just some quick reminders about #Purim and some #company #policies.

We are ALL excited for Purim next week, and the office will be closing at 2pm on Purim day.

Please remember that our company policy is that gifts may not be given from subordinates to managers (except for major life events).

This includes #MishloachManot, so please do not bring mishloach manot for your managers.

However, it is acceptable to bring Purim treats to be shared with the entire #office. Purim treats may be put on the table in the #BreakRoom.

Chag Purim Sameach to EVERYONE!

Chanan Kaplan


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#Chag #Purim sameach to everyone!

As you may have noticed, as your Christian colleagues ask for numerous days off again, we are now in the midst of yet another #Christian #holiday #season.

As we all celebrate Purim, Christians are celebrating the Christian holiday of Christian Purim! Christian Purim is observed the last day before the beginning of the Second Christian Omer, which is also called Christian Elul.

The #Pope #Gregory #calendar used by #Christians is manipulated to ensure that Christian Purim always takes place on Third Day (which is referred to by Christians as “Tuesday”).

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137.01/ Week one-hundred and thirty-seven, February 25-March 3, 2023, thread begins here.

Week 136 below.
137.02/ #MotzeiShabbatMovieNight has turned into watching a live #Mets game with the full booth of Gary, Keith, and Ron. Oh, how I missed this. I should've benched Shehechiyanu. #LGM
137.03/ For your reading pleasure: my wife, Dr. Rebecca Cypess', just published piece in honor of #BlackHistoryMonth about Ignatius Sancho, an Enlightenment era Black composer. Plus bonus @lizzo content!…
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And now, we present the #WholeMegillah... @JewishTweets style!
Book of Esther, Chapter 1: Achashverosh hosts massive party. EVERYONE is invited. #WholeMegillah #Purim
Queen Vashti denies the king. Oooo she's in trouble. A new queen is sought. #WholeMegillah #Purim
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87.01/ Week eighty-seven, March 12-18, 2022, thread begins here.

Week 86 below.

Thank God #UkraineStillStands
87.02/ #MotzeiShabbatMovieNight suspended tonight because - with the mask mandate lifted and no community spread - I'm back to having social functions that I must attend. #SlawCup

Me: "How can I get everything done? There are only 24 hours in a day!"

Daylight Saving Time: "LOL, no"
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86.01/ Week eighty-six, March 5-11, 2022, thread begins here.

Week 85 below.

Thank God #Ukraine still stands.
86.02/ #MotzeiShabbatMovieNight continues. Tonight, we started the 2009 Star Trek remake (the lens flare film). This was a requested film and I prepared them accordingly (story soon)…
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38/ #ReshetKeshet. From Sept. 5, 2021, a pre-#RoshHashanah thread about asking and giving #forgiveness.

16 Posts.

Starts here:

39/ From March 17, 2022, thread collecting my #Purim thoughts/posts. #ReshetKeshet.

16 Posts.


40/ Three threads about the #JOFA scandal & my recommendations for their path towards teshuva. First, the original and then 2 threads responding to criticism. #ReshetKeshet

part 1) 11 Posts.


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58a/ This is part 2 of my thread of threads. Weeks 001 to 0057 is here.

Week 58, Aug. 21-27, 2021, 36 posts:…
58a.2/ It's been so long, that I forgot my methodology. In addition to the thread, I need to post the first Tweet in the thread (especially if the threaders go kaput)

Week 58, Aug. 21-27, 2021, 36 posts:
58b/ From Aug 22, a travelogue of our family's Summer Trip to the Hudson River Valley.

32 Posts.

Starts here:

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29/ #ReshetKeshet.

About fear as a Jewish ethic and how it applies to many contexts.

45 posts.


31/ #ReshetKeshet thread about medical halakhah and the nature of tacit, subconscious, leadership.

11 Posts.


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1/ Welcome to the Cypess Weekly Thread Index Thread.

I implemented the long thread concept in July 2020 in order to have an easy system to access my weekly writing.

Week 1, July 18-24 2020, 10 posts:…

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There’s actually a fascinatingly eerie, deep connection between CPAC’s #GoldenCalf & today’s holiday of #Purim.

<Short thread>
The Purim story is driven by an act of resistance: Mordecai’s refusal to bow to the authoritarian vizier Haman.

This simple defiance infuriates Haman, leading to the genocidal decree. ImageImage
But it’s unclear why Mordecai refused to bow to Haman as this would seemingly have been standard protocol given Haman’s status. Two complementary explanations are:
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In 1626 the Cape Verdean woman Clara Dirks married Anthony Manuel van Malacken (Malacca). #blackhistorymonth #day21 #mixedmarriages
In January 1910, Marcus Johnson, with his wife and three children, James Liwes, John Johson and Abi Williams were photographed in #Amsterdam, they came from Sierra Leone. #blackhistorymonth #day22 #identification
In 1700 Frans Martijn, a sailor from Angola, boarded in 1700 as cook on the East Indiaman 'De Generale Vreede'. #blackhistorymonth #day23
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32.01/ Week thirty-two (Feb. 20-26) thread begins here. Week 31 - which was broken into three pieces like Gaul - is linked below:

32.02/ Well put. The key difference is whether they can treat people, any person, as having equal humanity no matter their abilities/background and not as a collection of specific identities.
32.03/ The GOP & 'conservatives' seem to lack empathy & an ability to imagine others having a different mindset from their own. They don't care about right vs wrong, only Us v. Them, so they assume we're the same. Their mentality is insulting but revealing
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1/ A thread of comments & observations about the death of the cackling vampire Rush Limbaugh.

My first observations in the main thread are here, but this offshoot is needed because there's been so many wise & witty things I've seen
2/ First, re: those who in their wayward moral obtuseness feel we "can't speak ill of the dead." I've said that this is what abuse enablers say, but I hear that some religious traditions preach this. Oy.
So there's this: & receipts:
3/ Drucker is another great wit, and this carries the proper mood
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Es sabido que purim es: salvación, alegría, disfraces y fraternidad. Lo que no es tan conocido es que existen decenas de purim distintos y uno de ellos se destaca por su infrecuencia: pueden pasar 20 años entre una oportunidad y la siguiente. Veamos de que se trata. Sale #hilo.
En tiempos del Imperio Persa, el rey Ajashverosh, incitado por su malvado ministro Hamán, decretó el exterminio de todos sus súbditos judíos. Tomando en cuenta que sus dominios se extendían por casi todo el mundo conocido, dicha ordenanza implicaba la aniquilación de Israel.
La tácita intervención Divina, con la reina judía Ester y su tío Mordejai a la cabeza, logró que se de vuelta la historia y los judíos se salven venciendo a sus enemigos el día 14 del mes de adar. Es en este día que festejamos el milagro ocurrido celebrando #purim (el original).
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31.52b/ This is a continuation of the week 31 (Feb. 13-19) thread which is getting too big for stable threading. This is an experiment for this week: to split a thread when it gets to 50 or so.

Part one is here:
31.53/ I've been thinking the same thing (not so well put, of course). How did Skype become the fax machine of this tech crisis?
31.54/ This is good to see! I'm glad the effects are empirically demonstrated.

It's nice when virtue is demonstrably effective. Social science for the win!
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1/ I love #Thanksgiving but #Purim is pretty awesome too & the pandemic hit my town right on that holiday. We were supposed to go to someone's house for seudah & of course traipse all over town delivering mishloach manot. We didn't b/c, thank God, I understood disease
2/ Unbeknownst to us, my whole family were COVID19 positive on Purim. If we had gone to the seudah, if we had given out shlach-manot, we would have been passing disease to dozens of people. I was already using sanitizer heavily but nobody wore masks in March.
3/ I told my family (and anyone who would listen to me) that we had to not only assume that every person was infected but that WE were infected & contagious. Sadly, I was right.

As people have been saying, we needed to follow zombie apoc. rules.

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1/ #blockchain in the Book of Esther for #Purim 2020
"for the writing which is written in the king's name, and sealed with the king's ring, may no man reverse."
Immutability of a signed transaction on the chain.
CC: @thebitcoinrabbi
2/ ..If Tx is still pending, it can be replaced!
"Now you may write in the king’s name as you please regarding the Jews, and seal it with the royal signet ring."
3/ Ring signatures are cool, but still:
Not your ring, not your laws!
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In honor of #Purim, here's my thread of 2 yrs ago where I explain why I say <ym'sh> after Trump's name that doubles as a class about the book of #Esther
Actually I see that the thread is old and there's a broken link somewhere, so I will reprint it in tweets below. Again, this is from June 20, 2018:
1/ Thread: Thoughts abt. the #TrumpCrisis, 18 months of living in a proto-dystopia that followed the 2016 campaign:

When this started I tried to limit how often I used Trump's name; he loves his name sooo much (see: everything he owns) that I felt saying it was giving him a gift
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my holiday message for purim is may all would-be genocidaires meet the same end as he did: strung up in the public square. fuck nazis forever and across time. may you watch your legacy die in front of you. and may the communities you target defend themselves. #purim #antifascism
the moral of #purim is: fuck around and find out. the moral of #purim is self defense against state violence and genocide. it's a pretty radically antifascist holiday.
and to underscore the point here's the polish-jewish artist arthur szyk's rendering of the hanging of haman. we boo and jeer haman's name not because he is uniquely evil, but because his emissaries recur in every generation. and we will never stop fighting back. #Purim2020
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Tonight #Jews celebrate the jolly holiday of #Purim. Customs include dressing up in costumes, reading the book of Esther, eating traditional foods like Hamantashen and in general - partying and having a good time.
But where did it all come from?

Here’s the story of PURIM 1/9 >> Image
#Purim commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian empire from a plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the #Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day,” as told in the book of Esther 2/9 >> Image
The First Persian Empire existed between 559 BC and 330 BC. It was king Xerxes who ruled the empire for 20 years, between 485 and 465 BC 3/9 >> Image
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