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Heroics Aside, the Story of Purim Is the Bible’s Greatest Farce

The Book of Esther doesn’t mention God. Robert Alter’s new translation shows that’s just one way the biblical text is unique.

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‘Moshe,’ ‘Esther’ Among NYC’s Top Baby Names

A banner year for the names Leah, Chaya, and Chana as well

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Purim Parody Videos Are Missing Something

The problem with leaving the Book of Esther’s namesake out of the revelry

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Christians Have Fallen in Love With Queen Esther, Purim’s Jewish Heroine

In recent novels, sermons, and Bible-study guides, evangelicals and mainline Protestants alike find inspiration in the biblical tale

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Renderings

Unable to restore a shrine with a prominent Star of David in Iran, a U.S. organization and an Iranian-American architect are reviving the site online

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Boy, Interrupted

Purim calls for costumes, and we’re fine with seeing little girls dressed up as boys. But a boy dressed as a girl makes us uncomfortable, thanks to stubborn ideas about gender roles. It shouldn’t.

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Dressed Up

With Purim approaching and a costume in order, seeking sartorial inspiration from the Book of Esther, European paintings, Elizabeth Taylor, and several style gurus, one of whom recommends an edible hat

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Sisters in Arms

Playing the defiant Vashti in a day school Purim play awakened my inner feminist

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Purim FAQ

Everything you ever wanted to know about the story of Esther

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Madonna Booed in Bucharest

For anti-discrimination comments

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