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Savory Hamantaschen Recipes to Spice up Purim

An excerpt from Leah Koenig’s new cookbook, Modern Jewish Cooking

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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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The White House’s Hamantaschen Recipes

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

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‘Tis the Drinkin’

A Chicago mixologist invents some Purim-themed cocktails

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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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Last-Minute Purim Costumes: A Guide for the Perplexed

Embrace your laziness! Repurpose the crap you already have at home!

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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 Origins of Your Favorite Purim Customs

Costumes, revelry, and satire weren’t always synonymous with the holiday

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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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A Very Modern Purimspiel

Stories about hidden identity, vegetarianism, and getting plastered, from four young comedy writers

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Be Happy

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

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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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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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For One Outspoken Teenager in Revolution-Era Iran, Queen Esther Was a Kindred Spirit

Amid political upheaval, an embattled girl fled entirely alone—the lessons of Purim’s heroine propelling her to freedom

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A Very Haredi Purim: Devotion Beneath the Debauchery

Filmmaker Ori Gruder captures ultra-Orthodox observance of the holiday in his Israeli TV documentary, ‘A Freilichin Purim’

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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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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?