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 […]
Personal narrative from a non-Jewish man on the enjoyment his interfaith family gets from Purim.
Up your Purim game with double chocolate mint hamantaschen
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 […]
By Lela Casey The first time I really celebrated Purim was when I was 9 years old on vacation in Israel with my family. I remember being in awe of the sea of kids pouring through the streets dressed in colorful costumes and shaking noise makers. It was a party like I’d never seen before […]
Hamentaschen, a popular treat for the holiday of Purim, translates to “Haman’s pockets.” Haman is the villain in the story of Purim and in addition to booing whenever his name is mentioned, on Purim we eat sweet filled cookies that are in the triangular shape of Haman’s hat. This is a savory twist on the traditional Hamentaschen […]
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!
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.
Review of two books for kids, perfect for reading (and hearing) about the spring holidays of Purim and Passover.
A video about the story of Purim, just for children and families!