Jewish Journal

  • Purim’s other woman: Vashti, the queen who kept her clothes on

    by Isabel Kaplan, Contributing Writer

    February 20, 2013 | 3:58 pm

    When it comes to the story of Purim, Queen Esther has received lots of attention. All the little girls want to play her in the Purim spiel. She’s brave, beautiful, loving and heroic: the quintessential female biblical role model.

    But what about the other brave, role model Queen...

  • Purim event calendar 2013

    By Ryan Torok

    February 19, 2013 | 3:26 pm


    FRI | FEB 22

    A three-day carnival includes rides, food, games and a kids’ zone. Fri. Through Feb 24. Presale: $17 (20 tickets), $35 (Friday wristband), $25 (Saturday wristband), $45 (Sunday wristband); day-of prices: $1.25 (per-ride ticket), $20 (20-ride...

  • Purim: Beyond the playfulness, a time for examination

    by Rabbi Eilhu Gevirtz

    February 15, 2013 | 2:13 pm

    The central character of Purim is Esther, whose name means hidden. The story is full of things hidden, and waiting for the right time to be revealed. Vashti refuses to expose her sexuality to the drunken men of the King’s court, and chooses instead to be hidden. Esther hides her...

  • A vegetarian buffet to celebrate Queen Esther [RECIPES]

    By Judy Zeidler

    February 13, 2013 | 8:40 am

    What makes Purim so special? Maybe it’s the heroic story of Queen Esther. Whatever you decide, it is still one of the happiest of all Jewish holidays. Filled with accounts of bravery, it tells the story of Queen Esther and how she helped defeat the wicked minister Haman in ancient...

  • Megillat Esther — The book of the exile

    by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

    February 12, 2013 | 2:01 pm

    Purim is an extraordinary festival in the Jewish calendar.  It can be distinguished from all the other festivals by the character that it was granted in later generations, but mainly by its most primary source -  Megillat Esther itself.

    The different nature of the Purim customs...

  • A Purim directive: Laugh it up!

    by Dasee Berkowitz, Reuters

    February 11, 2013 | 11:30 am

    Little kids will laugh at anything. The simplest knock-knock joke or a tickle fest -- even the threat of one -- can so easily end in hysterics. They laugh because they are surprised by something unexpected in a world they are constantly discovering.

    If only that kind of laughter...

  • Haman’s fall: Diaspora dreams in the Biblical Book of Esther

    by Elihu Katz and Menahem Blondheim

    March 6, 2012 | 2:04 pm

    Even if you’re a serious student of the Bible, you might not know what the Book of Esther is doing there, in the Bible. Don’t worry though, nobody else knows either. Although it tells of near-tragedy, it is written melodramatically, almost as a farce; and it is very hard to read...

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