Dressing up is a crucial element of the Purim celebration—as well as a powerful piece of the Hunger Games trilogy of young-adult novels
· March 6, 2012
Home Away From Home
The Book of Esther, which chronicles the story of Purim, has special resonance for Jewish communities thriving in Diaspora
Elihu Katz and Menahem Blondheim
· March 6, 2012
We’re commanded to be happy on Purim, and it turns out the acts required for proper observance—from donning costumes to celebrating with others—provide useful tricks for brightening moods year round
By Ilana Kurshan · March 17, 2011
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?
· March 16, 2011
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.
· March 15, 2011
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
By Erika Kawalek · March 15, 2011
On the Bookshelf
From Hodu to Kush: anticipating Purim with books on Persian food, lust-filled kings, and biblical heroines
· March 7, 2011
Has Purim replaced Passover as the best holiday vehicle for expressing individual Jewish identity?
· February 26, 2010
After a painstaking survey, Tablet Magazine awards title for nation’s tastiest triangular treat
By Jenny Merkin · February 26, 2010
Esther marries indie rock royalty
By Vanessa Davis · March 20, 2008