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Immoral Esther?

Examining the ethics of the Purim story

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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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Megillas Lester: If Pixar Did The Purim Story

Watch the trailer for a new film that turns the Purim story on its head

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Surviving My Parents: A Golem’s Painful Memories of Childhood Abuse

In her new memoir, Donna Minkowitz recalls being torn between her mother’s overbearing fantasies and her father’s cruel games

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Judaism’s Epic Food Fight

Each Purim, star academics like Milton Friedman and Alan Dershowitz debate: latkes or hamantaschen?

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Iran Around Tel Aviv

A writer born in the capital of Holocaust denial tours the Jewish state as the cold war between Iran and Israel is about to get hot

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Haman Is Dead

Against the Jewish belief in apocalypse

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Netanyahu Hints at Action

Charming the crowd in his keynote speech at the AIPAC conference, Israeli prime minister conjures Auschwitz and Haman to make case against Iran

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Home Away From Home

The Book of Esther, which chronicles the story of Purim, has special resonance for Jewish communities thriving in Diaspora

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Seriously Groggy

The Purim tradition of drowning out Haman’s name with noise dates back to medieval times. But in our increasingly cacophonous lives, an illustrator wonders: Does the grogger need to be reinvented?

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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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Purim FAQ

Everything you ever wanted to know about the story of Esther

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The iGrogger

Obviously, there’s an app for that

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Purimpalooza

Esther marries indie rock royalty