In the city of New Rochelle, a few miles north of New York City, the rabbi of the Young Israel synagogue has the virus.
More than 80 Jewish centers have received at least 120 threats since the beginning of the year.
Jewish institutions of all sorts across America have no choice but to be cautious.
At home and with straight faces, Steve, Ellen and I would march around the room singing the Christian hymnals we had to sing
Purim is most closely associated with costumes, triangular pastries called Hamantaschen, and howls of hatred each time the name of the Jews' genocidal nemesis, Haman, is read from the Book of Esther.
Sadly, I've come to expect that many Christians think that "the Jews" killed Jesus. They grew up in churches where clergy have irresponsibly used the Gospel of John on Good Friday without contextualizing the use of the phrase "the Jews" which litters the text.
When we are motivated by a love for the transcendent values of God, Torah and the Jewish people, our differences bolster us in the face of assault. But there is no such love among Jewish activists who work to punish and demonize Israel on the world stage as our enemies look on gleefully.
Purim is a boisterous feast for many Jewish people around the world.
Purim is upon us and this year (2016) it falls during the Christian Holy Week. In some ways these two holidays could not seem more different.
In the midst of this volatile election season, allow me to present a Purim parody featuring the brave Esther/Hillary, the righteous Mordecai/Bernie and their divisive opponent, Haman/Donald.