Purim Article Archive
Hebrew for "Day of Atonement," the final of ten Days of Awe that begin with Rosh Hashanah. Occurs during the fall and is marked by a 24-hour fast. One of the most important Jewish holidays.
Hebrew for "lots," referring to the lots cast by Haman, the story's antagonist, to determine the date on which to kill the Jewish people. It's a spring holiday commemorating the Jewish people's triumph. The story is told through the biblical Book of Esther; the namesake heroine, a Jewish woman, marries the Persian king. Their interfaith relationship is central to the story.
Looking for more articles on Purim? Here are some of our favorites from the InterfaithFamily.com archives:
- At the heart of the Purim story is the marriage of a Jewish woman to a Persian king. Read more in Purim and Intermarriage.
- We Should Learn From Esther, Who Married Outside Her Community to Save Her People, which, if the title doesn't say enough, looks at creating welcoming Jewish communities.
- My First Purim was an eye-opening event, allowing this gay author to reconcile his sexuality and religion while attending services with his Jewish partner.
- Welcoming Synagogue Led Me To Judaism is a personal narrative from a convert to Judaism who chose the religion after receiving a warm welcome at a Purim service.
- A Reform Rabbi and His Lawyer Wife Attract Hundreds of Unaffiliated Jews to Their Alternative Events: Purim draws a different crowd than Rosh Hoshanah and Yom Kippur, especially for those looking to reconnect with Judaism.
- For a Christian father raising Jewish children, he wasn't sure what to expect on Purim. But he, and his family, certainly had a good time, as you'll read in Purim: When You Can Throw a Sponge at the Rabbi's Face.
- Are all princesses alike? Looking at Purim's Queen Esther, Cinderella, and daughters in princess costumes in On the Shelf: Esther, Cinderella for Real.
- It shouldn't come as a surprise that an article's called Mardi Purim looks at the jumbo that is Purim, Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday and music in New Orleans.