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From Boo-ing to (K)no(w)ing This Purim

I had much to think about in terms of my own practices and what I was teaching to others.

The Enduring Story of Esther in America

The modern era continues to see deep interest in the heroes of the Purim story.

COVID-Fatigued Communities Prepare for a Distanced Purim

In 2020, Purim began on the evening of March 9, just before the country shut down to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Fighting a Virus: Local Community Mobilizes Over Coronavirus

On March 8, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a statement saying that a Los Angeles resident who attended the America...

Happy Purim!

https://www.facebook.com/JewishJournal/videos/2523678014569592/   Happy Purim from the Jewish Journal and Captain Hamantashen!

Queen Esther: The Heroine of Purim

In all of history, how many people can say, “I saved the Jewish people from destruction?” Queen Esther can, though it’s unlikely she would. She...

How to Celebrate Purim While Minimizing the Environmental Damage

Purim is around the corner, which means that every other store in Israel is stacked with all kinds of colorful costumes for all age...

What’s Happening: Gideon Raff, Purim Events

SAT MARCH 7 Lev Eisha Shabbat Lev Eisha’s community of joyous Jewish women prays and sings together during a soul-inspiring Shabbat. A kiddush luncheon follows services....

Make a Hamantashen Hat for Purim

What came first? The hat or the hamantashen? The hamantashen cookie is said to be inspired by the three-cornered hat of that dastardly Haman. So...

Sephardic Purim Gifts of Food

For our grandmothers, Purim didn’t mean matching mishloach manot to the theme of the family Purim costumes. Or a basket filled with Israeli wafers,...

On Not Observing Purim This Year

Sorry, Rabbis of the Talmud, I didn’t dress up in a costume Like I was supposed to, Didn’t get so drunk I couldn’t differentiate bless and curse Like you said we should, Didn’t...

Purim: From Exodus to Esther

It would make sense to start the Jewish year on Rosh Hashanah, literally the “head of the year,” but that’s not how it goes...

Where Is God Hiding on Purim?

Grab your groggers, your mask, your costume: Purim is March 10. Often misleading and misunderstood, this outrageously raucous holiday comes in the last month...

Purim, AIPAC, Bernie, Biden, Bibi

It was one of those weeks where every day brought another great idea for a column. First, I attended an insightful lecture by Rabbi...

The Shared Leadership Qualities of Purim’s Queen Esther and Abraham Lincoln

“Esther, a woman, is the first statesman in Jewish history.”  This is how Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik introduced the Jewish heroine of the Purim story...

Trick or Treat or Stale Pita Bread

When my family arrived in the United States, we stopped celebrating Purim and started to take an interest in Halloween. In hindsight, it was a...

The Mixed Blessings of Jewish Holidays

At the risk of being religiously incorrect, perhaps it is time someone said out loud what most observant Jews think to ourselves: Jewish holidays...

Purim, IKAR-Style

Parodying “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” in a video segment, IKAR’s Rabbi Sharon Brous pretends she is too sick to work. After her husband and...

Hamantashen

Flip Haman’s hat upside down And it’s the symbol for birth Filled with the fruit of life and yummy jam Purim is the evil and the good It...

What’s Happening: ‘Persian Shabbat,’ Ben-Gurion Film and Purim

FRI MARCH 22 T’Marim Sephardic Shabbat Spend Friday night with Valley Beth Shalom artist-in-residence Asher Levy and Cantor Phil Baron. They perform historic music evoking Sephardic...

Party on Purim by Stocking Your Bar With These 15 Kosher (or Kosherish) Bottles

Whether you are hosting a gathering at home, partaking in an NFL Sunday or celebrating a holiday, it never hurts to have a stocked...

Rosner’s Torah Talk: The Megillah with Rabbi Jill Jacobs

Rabbi Jill Jacobs is the Executive Director of T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. She is the author of Where Justice Dwells: A Hands-On...

The Whole Megillah

A wise biblical literature professor of mine frequently reminded us, “If anyone ever read this, they’d ban it.” It is both a hilarious and...

Purim Parsha

No one wanted to be Haman at the Purim carnival, sniveling villain who would separate Jews’ heads from necks if steadfast Mordechai and his courageous cousin Esther hadn’t saved the...

Delivering Kindness to Iranian Senior Center on Purim

Candice Hakimianpour is looking forward to spending this Purim in the company of an older man. For 29-year-old Hakimianpour, this Purim, she’ll forgo her usual...

Purim Spiels: Going Behind the Curtain

 Several months before most Jews start to think about Purim, there are those who pay special attention to the world around them, the cultural...

Vegan Halvatashen for Fierce Queens

Queen Esther may have saved our people from Haman’s evil plot but that’s not the only thing she’s known for. The beautiful bride of the...

This Purim, Stand With All Who Stood With Us

Our interfaith press conference and vigil at the Islamic Center of Southern California on March 15 felt something like returning home. We were responding...

Breaking Free of the Esther/Vashti Complex

Call it the “Esther/Vashti Complex” — the perennial Purim impulse to define Esther and Vashti against each other as foils, opposites, rivals, or enemies. They...

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