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Immoral Esther?

Examining the ethics of the Purim story

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Mourning the Purim Princess Dress

After years of my daughter begrudgingly agreeing to tulle and tiaras, a revolt

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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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The Origins of Your Favorite Purim Customs

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

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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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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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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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‘Commentary’: Feminists Are Ruining Purim

But isn’t some reinterpretation necessary?

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Queen Sarah?

Sarah Palin as a 21st-century Esther

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Daybreak: Israel Forgives, British Jews Don’t

Vandalism, a troublesome comparison, and more from the news

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Purimpalooza

Esther marries indie rock royalty

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Royal Flush

A new film reinvents Queen Esther as the very first Bachelorette

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