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  • We can stop violence against women and girls today

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    March 19, 2014 | 2:59 pm

    Last weekend, as I listened to the reading of the Purim Megillah, I was struck by its theme of reversals: The pompous king who decrees that men should have authority in their homes ends up taking orders from his wife; the villain Haman is hanged on the very gallows he erected for...

  • Celebrate Queen Esther with chocolate

    By Judy Zeidler

    March 12, 2014 | 11:50 am

    Queen Esther, the heroine of the Purim tale, was quite a woman. Not only did she outwit the evil Haman and save the entire Jewish population of Persia, she did it all as a vegetarian. According to tradition, when she moved into the palace, she became quite a party girl but limited...

  • With Esther’s voice, fighting violence against women

    March 5, 2014 | 3:28 pm

    On Mar. 8, we celebrate International Women’s Day, a day intended to celebrate the economic and social advances made by women, while at the same time drawing attention to areas that still need action. It is striking that this year the day falls so close to Purim.

    The proximity is...

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

    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...

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  • The heroine

    By Rob Eshman

    February 20, 2013 | 3:53 pm

    In a pile of as-yet-undigitized family photos, I found a gem. It’s from a Purim party, years ago, when my wife and I were newly married. She is dressed as a Chasidic rabbi — black suit, side curls, black hat, mustache and beard. Beside her is the rabbi’s wife — me — in a long...

  • Purim: Beyond the playfulness, a time for examination

    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...

  • Madonna appeals for world peace at Israel concert

    June 1, 2012 | 10:21 am

    Launching her world tour in Israel, Madonna appealed for Middle East and world peace.

    “You can’t be a fan of mine and not want peace in the world,” she told 30,000 fans packed into Ramat Gan station.

    She said she chose Israel to launch her tour in order to spread her message of...

  • Madonna to perform ‘Concert for Peace’ in Israel

    March 22, 2012 | 9:45 am

    International pop star Madonna, who will launch her upcoming world tour in Israel, has added a second concert date in Tel Aviv for a “Concert for Peace.”

    Madonna will perform at Ramat Gan Stadium near Tel Aviv on May 29 and May 31. The second date has been announced as a Concert for...

  • Retelling Purim: Q & A with Mordechai, Esther, Vashtie and Hayman

    March 15, 2011 | 10:21 am

    With Purim just a grogger’s turn away on March 19, it’s time to reroll the scroll of Esther and take another look at the whole megillah. It’s a story with characters so lifelike, I should quote them. That would be news.

    But lacking a time machine, I was still able to go to the...

  • Iran downgrades tomb of Esther and Mordechai

    January 11, 2011 | 10:51 am

    Iranian authorities have downgraded the status of the tomb of Esther and Mordechai, while an official state news agency has publicized the Purim story as a Jewish massacre of Iranians.

    Officials recently removed the sign that identified the mausoleum of the biblical figures in the...

  • I love you, Grandma, so I tell you lies

    By Teresa Strasser

    October 29, 2008 | 6:10 pm

    I never lie. I never, ever lie. Except I lie to my grandmother. I lie to her all the time. The things I tell her are almost exclusively lies.

    In one moment, this almost universal wrong became a right. And somewhere deep in the Valley at an elder care facility, in a room painted a hue...
  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    We read the story of Queen Esther, Megillat Esther, twice – on Thursday evening and Friday morning. Let's see if you know the story.

    Put the parts in the right order.

    __Mordechai tells Esther Haman's plan.

    __Mordechai will not bow to Haman. Haman decides to kill all the Jews on...

  • by Abby Gilad

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Purim



    Why do we wear costumes and masks on Purim? Well, it could be to remind us that Queen Esther hid her Jewish identity from King Ahasuerus. Because of that, she was able to save the Jewish people. It could be a way for us to turn the world upside down for a little while, in the...

  • Purim Briefs

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Run and Deliver

    Unless you are actually running the Los Angeles Marathon, the marathon and the myriad street closures are likely to inconvenience you. This year, as the marathon falls on Purim (March 7), it may inconvenience Jews delivering mishloach manot, or food packages...

  • Who Will Be Esther?

    By Amy Klein

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I've always had an affinity for Esther, the Persian queen who saved the Jews and had an entire megillah named for her.

    So connected did I feel to this Jewish heroine that, as a child, I always made it my business to pray and fast on Ta'anit Esther (the Fast of Esther), which takes...

  • The Queen’s Advice

    By Carin Davis

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Megillah tells us that Esther found the courage to confront Ahasuerus, confess she was a Jew and not only save her relationship, but the entire Jewish people. And yet more than 2,000 years later, this Jewish girl can't even find the courage to confront the guy I'm dating and...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Why do we wear costumes and masks on Purim? Well, it could be to remind us that Queen Esther hid her Jewish identity from King Ahasuerus. Because of that, she was able to save the Jewish people. It could be a way for us to turn the world upside down for a little while, in the same...

  • Our Purim Story

    By Lisa Morgan

    March 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Our family's Esther was an 11-year-old girl, a petite and doe-eyed child with a profound sense of physical and temperamental modesty. She attended a large urban middle school, and this was her first year moving from class to class, her first year of boy-ask-girl school dances, her...
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