Avoiding “That Look” on Purim

It’s Purim again and I’m afraid to leave the house. During Purim, my neighborhood is like being inside a disco ball at Studio 54 in 1976—only there are a lot more Jews and no sign of Bianca Jagger riding a white horse. When I was growing up, Purim was not one of the major holidays […]

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Purim: When You Can Throw a Sponge at the Rabbi’s Face

Personal narrative from a non-Jewish man on the enjoyment his interfaith family gets from Purim.

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Double Chocolate Mint Hamantaschen

Up your Purim game with double chocolate mint hamantaschen

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Purim and My Mexican American Jewish Newborn

Purim in my neighborhood is an extravaganza. Limousines crowd the streets and rabbles of teenagers run in and out of houses dressed up as the main characters in the Purim story. A quick summary for those who are not familiar: There is Vashti, who is dethroned by the King Ahasuerus. Then Esther becomes the new […]

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Raising Strong Girls, Telling the Purim (and Passover) Stories

Before I had daughters, I had a pretty clear idea of how I wanted to raise them.  I had been raised with what I considered exceptional feminist ideals, and I planned to do a knock-out job of solidifying my future daughters’ self-image as strong, powerful human beings who could do anything they wanted, for whom […]

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Be Courageous

An email from the family in charge of leading the discussion for the next fourth-grade book club landed in my inbox. It said the selection for this month’s meeting was Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. An appropriate choice since we were about to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Some parents […]

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Purim

Everything you wanted to know about the Jewish holiday of Purim in one place

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The Purim Story In All Its PG-13 Glory

The full Purim story, as found in the Book of Esther, is much closer to a scandalous TV show than the version taught in Hebrew school!

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The Whole Megillah Video

The whole megillah? A look at the scroll (megillah is Hebrew for ‘scroll’) of Esther, the story that is read on the Jewish holiday of Purim.

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Spring Holiday Books for Kids

Review of two books for kids, perfect for reading (and hearing) about the spring holidays of Purim and Passover.

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