A childhood costume that once concealed what I wanted to hide now reveals what I want to hold tight
For one of the founding practitioners of Israel’s cross-dressing performance art—chased out to Tel Aviv by ultra-Orthodox antipathy—Purim is just another day to do battle for her right to be her
Video: Bake the perfect batch of triangular cookies for the holiday—with homemade fruit filling
An excerpt from Leah Koenig’s new cookbook, Modern Jewish Cooking
Each Purim, star academics like Milton Friedman and Alan Dershowitz debate: latkes or hamantaschen?
Purim may be over, but there’s always time for presidential pastry selections
A Chicago mixologist invents some Purim-themed cocktails
The ancient Persian city of Shiraz was known for its wine
A holiday filled with cookies, storytelling, and the wisdom of Jackie Mason
Women’s Purim costumes have gotten skimpier and sexier. I tried to buck the trend, but it didn’t go well.
Embrace your laziness! Repurpose the crap you already have at home!
We publish a comic holiday newsletter for our friends. Recently it started to feel like work, until I learned the meaning of ‘mitzvah.’
Stories about hidden identity, vegetarianism, and getting plastered, from four young comedy writers
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
How the story of Purim is told in Christian scripture, and how Martin Luther became Esther’s enemy
How the technique of chancing upon a passage in a Torah scroll or printed Pentateuch came to be a staple of fortune tellers
The Book of Esther represents a turning point in Jewish history: the demonization of the Jews
The holiday’s ‘mishloach manot’ boxes used to involve juice and a bag of chips. Now competitive moms have raised the stakes.
Amid political upheaval, an embattled girl fled entirely alone—the lessons of Purim’s heroine propelling her to freedom
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?