Author Archives: Raphael Hulkower

Rabbi Dr. Raphael Hulkower is a past Editor of Verapo Yerape and has published articles on various topics in Jewish Medical Ethics in the RJJ Journal, Journal of Jewish Medical Ethics, and YU Torah to Go. He is currently a practicing endocrinologist in New York.

Minhag or Mayhem – Noisemaking during the Purim Megillah Reading

by R. Dr. Raphael Hulkower Introduction During the reading of Megillat Esther each year on Purim, most communities share the custom of making noise upon hearing the recitation of Haman’s name. From stomping one’s feet or “booing” to whirring groggers or the occasional cap gun blast, this custom has become the highlight of Purim for many children, while also remaining ...

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