A Purim spiel on one of Judaism’s most majestic creatures
The Hebrew version we read doesn’t mention God, and avoids theology. But the ancient Greek versions of the story took a very different approach.
Jews from the former Soviet Union didn’t grow up with the ‘typical’ holiday treats—so I tried to imagine what we might have made for Purim
Extravagant parties once marked the holiday for American Jews in the late 1800s
The ongoing evolution of the Purim spiel
In Tractate Megillah, the Talmud sends us a very personal note on faith
Purim’s bloody story of vengeance is a necessary reminder about how justice really works
As a new convert, I’ve now celebrated the entire cycle of Jewish holidays for the first time—but in a way I’d never expected
What the late comedian can teach us about Purim
Rewriting the story of Vashti
Move over, hamentaschen
Growing up in Queens, I tried to hide my Iranian roots. But my mother had other ideas.
A careful rethinking of a challenging Jewish narrative, for Purim
An inspiring new take on the holiday’s most famous Talmudic tale, a story of one night, two rabbis, and a grizzly killing that we might’ve misunderstood
Mordecai Manuel Noah sharpens the question raised by the biblical Mordechai: Can there be viable Jewish continuity in the diaspora?
If we want to truly love one another, first we have to learn how to hate evil men like the recently killed ISIS mastermind
From Queen Elizabeth to Abraham Lincoln, the story of Purim has shaped our most contentious debates
What the holiday can teach us about fighting evil in our midst
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