What is Purim?
( March 9-10, 2020 | February 26-27, 2021 )

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My Hamantaschen Challenge

When my mother-in-law died, the job of making cookies for Purim fell to me

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Pharaoh’s Wheel

This baked pasta dish, a favorite of Italian Jews, makes the perfect meal for Purim—or any special occasion

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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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A Purim Treat That’s Fit for a Queen

Move over, hamantaschen. Queen Esther’s toast is going to turn everything you thought you knew about Purim upside down.

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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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‘Tis the Drinkin’

A Chicago mixologist invents some Purim-themed cocktails

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The Purim Report: Mirth and Melancholy

A holiday filled with cookies, storytelling, and the wisdom of Jackie Mason

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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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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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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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Diva D, the Godmother of Jerusalem Drag, Can’t Leave the Holy City Alone

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

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The Three Faces of Esther

How the story of Purim is told in Christian scripture, and how Martin Luther became Esther’s enemy

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Purim, the Invention of Anti-Semitism, and the Celebration of Jewish Creativity

The Book of Esther represents a turning point in Jewish history: the demonization of the Jews

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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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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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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?