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Battle of the Purim Parody Videos

Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk’ gets the Shushan treatment… twice

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Immoral Esther?

Examining the ethics of the Purim story

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This Year, Let’s Celebrate #PurimNotPrejudice

Dressing in costume for the holiday shouldn’t involve cultural appropriation

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What Is Shemini Atzeret, Anyway?

We ask the experts about the High Holiday season’s least-understood festival

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How Did Simchat Torah Get So Popular?

The festive holiday now overshadows Shemini Atzeret, which has biblical roots

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Designer Lulavs and Luxury Etrogs Sweep Israel

Fancy versions of the Four Species go for more than $100

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Drew Barrymore Loves Rosh Hashanah

The actress also enjoys challah, french fries, and gardens

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Purim 2011

From hamantashen to designer costumes to newfangled groggers—anything and everything you might need to better enjoy the Festival of Lots

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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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Purim FAQ

Everything you ever wanted to know about the story of Esther

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Ritual du Jour

Vanessa Ochs studies “bark mitzvahs” and other modern inventions

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Royal Flush

A new film reinvents Queen Esther as the very first Bachelorette