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The Transgressive Spirit of Purim

I’ve spent years trying to find a costume, from Kurt Cobain to my own cat, that reflects a hidden side of my personality

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A Battle Heats Up—Over Purim Packages

The holiday’s ‘mishloach manot’ boxes used to involve juice and a bag of chips. Now competitive moms have raised the stakes.

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Jewish Fanfiction Creates an Alternate Literary Universe

The X-Men have a Seder. Hogwarts gets a kosher kitchen. And everyone from Ivanhoe to Big Bird to Captain Kirk gets a rewrite.

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American Jews Speak English, but Our Sacred Texts Are in Hebrew

What happens when the most authoritative guardians of the tradition are sometimes baffled by the tradition themselves?

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When the Talmud Offers Close Readings of Sacred Fictions

Antic embellishments, like Esther being good in bed, help Talmudic rabbis to more fully explicate the text’s divine meaning

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A Reply To ‘Reading Megillah in Tehran’

Asking whether Jews in Iran are really free to celebrate

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The White House’s Hamantaschen Recipes

Purim may be over, but there’s always time for presidential pastry selections

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Editing Out Elements of Judaism Doesn’t Work

Instead of masking our ambivalence and discomfort, we should confront it

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Celebrate Purim With a Glass (or Two) of Shiraz

The ancient Persian city of Shiraz was known for its wine

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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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Purim is More Than Just ‘Jewish Halloween’

Why the common comparison sells the Jewish holiday short

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Reading Megillah in Tehran: How Iranian Jews Celebrate Purim

As Jews around the world commemorate the rescue of Persian Jewry, how do those who live where the story took place mark the day?

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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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Fleeing Crimea for Crown Heights

Chabad emissary forced to leave her community amidst Russian occupation

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For Centuries, Jews Ruled Poland’s Liquor Trade. Why Was That Legacy Forgotten?

Purim reminds us it’s unusual for Jews to indulge in recreational boozing—one reason Polish nobles liked having them run taverns

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How a Purim Treat Turned Into a Purim Chore—and Finally a Source of Joy

We publish a comic holiday newsletter for our friends. Recently it started to feel like work, until I learned the meaning of ‘mitzvah.’

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The Year’s Big Question: What Does Haman Say?

The Purim parody videos have arrived

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Fyvush Finkel: A Charming Conversation With a Longtime Serious Mensch

As the 91-year-old Yiddish theater star embarks on a Purim cabaret show, we revisit his appearance on Vox Tablet

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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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Finding Comfort in Synagogue—But Only When I’m on the Road

Overseas, I sought out ways to connect to the community, but when I came home, my old sense of alienation would quickly return

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Zombies, Vampires, and Things That Come Back to Life: A Rabbi’s Take on Halloween and Beyond

Kids’ fascination with the undead goes far beyond one holiday, but it’s a perfect time to talk about Jewish traditions around death

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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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Finding Solace in the Jewish Calendar After Our Daughter’s Accident

Her recovery paralleled the holidays, from Purim to Passover to Shavuot

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The Scroll’s Night at the Museum

Lena Dunham Purimspiels, James Rosenquist is honored

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Daybreak: U.S. to Give Syrian Rebels Aid

Plus Jack Lew gets confirmed as Treasury Secretary

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Dov Hikind Gets ‘The Daily Show’ Treatment

‘I guess some people are still stuck in the 56th century’

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Sundown: After Rocky Path, Hagel Is Confirmed

Plus breaking down who got their Hagel predictions wrong

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The Dov Hikind Purim Backlash Grows

The Brooklyn assemblyman kind of apologizes for wearing blackface

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Daybreak: Purim Costumes Gone Wrong in Brooklyn

Plus Israeli documentaries strike out at the Academy Awards

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Coming Out for Purim

The Purim Superhero, a new picture book for Jewish children, includes gay parents. It’s about time.

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