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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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Sundown: Chuck Hagel Gets Some Insurance

Plus ahead of nuclear talks, Iran upgrades its nuclear equipment

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Daybreak: John Kerry to Visit Israel After All

Plus Ambassador Oren’s close link to the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane

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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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Sundown: Nigeria Foils Iranian Terror Cell

Plus the legacy of King Herod gets another look

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Purim Gets Naughty

Women’s Purim costumes have gotten skimpier and sexier. I tried to buck the trend, but it didn’t go well.

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How To Make the Ultimate Hamantaschen for Purim

Video: Bake the perfect batch of triangular cookies for the holiday—with homemade fruit filling

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How I Learned To Drink

Long before I discovered Bloody Marys and martinis, I loved Manischewitz Concord grape wine

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How Tisha B’Av Helped Me Heal

Cancer, and a year of chemotherapy, gave me a new perspective on Jewish holidays—starting with Tisha B’Av

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Iran Around Tel Aviv

A writer born in the capital of Holocaust denial tours the Jewish state as the cold war between Iran and Israel is about to get hot

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‘Tis the Drinkin’

A Chicago mixologist invents some Purim-themed cocktails

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Haman Is Dead

Against the Jewish belief in apocalypse

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Netanyahu Hints at Action

Charming the crowd in his keynote speech at the AIPAC conference, Israeli prime minister conjures Auschwitz and Haman to make case against Iran

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Power Suits

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

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Home Away From Home

The Book of Esther, which chronicles the story of Purim, has special resonance for Jewish communities thriving in Diaspora

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Sundown: The Centrifuges Are A-Spinnin’

Plus National Front attack in France, Kaddish for the Fogels, and more

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Drama Queen

Tablet presents a Broadway-inspired Purim Spiel

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The Jewish Roles of Meryl Streep

Some modest proposals for the lady who can turn herself into anyone

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Halloween 2.0?

Backlash over revealing Purim costumes

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Sundown: Syria Faces Upheaval

Plus Mrs. God, and more

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Emperor’s New Costume

Tablet Magazine’s illustrated column imagines a nudist crestfallen over the fact that he can’t dress up for Purim. Help him fulfill his dream with do-it-yourself cut-outs.

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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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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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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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Sundown: Weapons Came from Iran

Plus Sheen wins with Israelis, a Yiddisheh workout, and more

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Boy, Interrupted

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.

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Dressed Up

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

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On the Bookshelf

From Hodu to Kush: anticipating Purim with books on Persian food, lust-filled kings, and biblical heroines

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Little Ladies

As Walmart launches a line of cosmetics for pre-teen girls, parents ponder whether their 6-year-old daughters should be wearing makeup—even if Queen Esther did

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Sundown: But How Will Iran Hire a Lawyer?

Plus Oy Boyz, and more

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