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.
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
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
From Queen Elizabeth to Abraham Lincoln, the story of Purim has shaped our most contentious debates
Creating a new kind of Megillah—using the historic Birds’ Head Haggadah as inspiration
Rokhl’s Golden City: Eritrean detainees read Isaac Bashevis Singer, and the mother tongue meets the mother-land
How the story of Purim is told in Christian scripture, and how Martin Luther became Esther’s enemy
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
A childhood costume that once concealed what I wanted to hide now reveals what I want to hold tight
Filmmaker Ori Gruder captures ultra-Orthodox observance of the holiday in his Israeli TV documentary, ‘A Freilichin Purim’
After years of my daughter begrudgingly agreeing to tulle and tiaras, a revolt
Amid political upheaval, an embattled girl fled entirely alone—the lessons of Purim’s heroine propelling her to freedom
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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