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Hawaii-Inspired Macadamia Nut Hamantaschen with Guava Jam

Hawaii-Inspired Macadamia Nut Hamantaschen with guava jam filling

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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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Purim: The Darker Side of a Festive Holiday

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 […]

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Spinach and Feta Hamentaschen (Haman Spanikopita)

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 […]

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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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