Rabbi Heath Watenmaker

Rabbi Heath Watenmaker is the Reform Outreach Initiative Rabbi at Rutgers University Hillel in New Brunswick, NJ. The Reform Outreach Initiative is the first grassroots effort between Rutgers Hillel and Reform rabbis, lay leaders, and donors throughout New Jersey that provides Reform Jewish students on campus with a Reform rabbi uniquely dedicated to meeting their needs and building a Reform Jewish presence on the Rutgers campus with 6,000+ Jews.

Finding Our Own Power in Purim

Rabbi Heath Watenmaker
February 1, 2013

Purim is almost here! It’s loud, it’s raucous, it’s festive, it’s colorful, and the food is great. It’s no wonder the rabbis of the Talmud saw Purim as such a high point in the calendar that they declared, “When Adar [the Hebrew month housing the holiday of Purim] enters, joy increases (Babylonian Talmud Ta’anit 29a). On the 14th of Adar, Jews around the world celebrate Purim, which commemorates the salvation of the Jews of Shushan and the defeat of the evil schemer Haman (boo!).