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  • Purim story: No Yeshiva Deferments

    March 19, 2014 | 3:50 pm

    The funhouse sideshow of Charedi life in Israel and in the New York area bursts forth every Purim, as the ultra-Orthodox transform themselves into fez-wearing Turks, medieval noblemen and so on.

    We enjoy the easing of cultural barriers in the humor and evincing of a shared...

  • Purim: There’s something about Esther

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    March 12, 2014 | 11:45 am

    If I were assigned the task of writing a biblical-style script for a play or a movie, the Book of Esther is the last place I would turn for inspiration. The word “biblical” conjures up images of God, prophets, dreams, visions and supernatural miracles — all of which are strikingly...

  • Women of the Wall Megillah reading undisturbed by Israeli police

    February 25, 2013 | 1:17 pm

    A women’s Megillah reading at the Western Wall took place on Shushan Purim without incident or arrests.

    Approximately 80 women turned out, some donning prayer shawls, others dressed as police and haredi Orthodox worshipers, on Monday morning in Jerusalem, the TImes of Israel...

  • Sarah Silverman’s niece can visit Western Wall on Purim despite ban

    February 20, 2013 | 10:07 am

    The niece of American comedian Sarah Silverman will be allowed to attend a women's Megillah reading at the Western Wall despite being banned from the site.

    Hallel Abramowitz Silverman, 17, was one of 10 female worshipers arrested for wearing prayer shawls during a women's rosh...

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  • A Purim directive: Laugh it up!

    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...

  • Purim’s Gift

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    March 6, 2012 | 12:35 am

    I remember the Purim that fell during the year that I was mourning the loss of my father. Early on, I mentioned to my wife that I just wasn’t going to be in the mood to go to the Purim Seuda being held at shul, and she lovingly and generously offered to make a low-key Seudah at...

  • A Thought for Purim

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 5, 2012 | 5:58 pm

    ְהָפוּך” in Hebrew means opposite, upside-down, reversed, or backward!

    However, in regards to the reading of the Book of Esther backwards, Jewish law (Halacha) says: “One who reads the Megilah backwards has not fulfilled the mitzvah (commandment) of reading the Megilah.”
    ...

  • My personal Purim miracle

    March 17, 2011 | 4:13 pm

    It was Purim, 1985. The surroundings seemed so strange to me. From childhood, Purim always meant Megillah reading, noise from noisemakers, loud music, lively dancing, people dressed up in different costumes, lots of good food, exchange of Mishloach Manot gift baskets, and a little...

  • Meshugene Men - It’s How Mad Men Does Purim

    By Jay Firestone

    March 3, 2009 | 5:28 pm

    Advertising genius and mystery man, Dan Draperberg unravels the secrets of making mayonnaise the next herring or chopped liver to the Jewish world. I’ll admit, I’ve only seen Mad Men a few times, but if it’s anything like selling condiments to Jews, I’m in.

    A promo for Purim show,...

  • VideoJew explores the Purim hangover…at Chabad Purim party

    By Jay Firestone

    March 27, 2008 | 12:33 pm

    Purim may be over, but the holiday is most likely still in our systems.  For me, the Purim hangover is never easy.  My body aches thanks to several consecutive sets of hora dancing.  My stomach aches from an overdose of flour, eggs and raspberry preservatives.  But most of all my...

  • The whole megillah: Ten reasons to love Purim

    By Jane Ulman

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    So what is Purim about? This short guide explains the various holiday traditions and celebrations, as well as a few suggestions of unique and fun ways to partake in the festivities.

    1. Megillah Reading

    One of four mitzvot, or commandments, on Purim is listening to the reading of...

  • Witness to Redemption

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The episode of the Akedah, or the binding of Isaac, presents so many difficult questions. One of the most basic is: For whom is this human and Divine drama staged?

    Who comes out ahead as a result of the Akedah playing out? Is it for Abraham's benefit? Abraham receives no new...

  • Celebrating a Shpiel-Good Holiday

    By Jane Ulman

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Ramvetlh QonglaHbe' voDleH," Beth Chayim Chadashim congregant Maggie Anton Parkhurst will say as she begins Chapter 6 of the synagogue's Megillah reading on Erev Purim.

    What?

    It's Klingon, the invented language of the "Star Trek" TV series and films, for "That night the emperor...

  • A Few Purim Celebrations

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Adat Ari El: The Eat Goes On: A Latke-Hamantaschen Debate
    Monday, March 13 at 7:40 p.m.
    12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village, (818) 766-9426.

    Beth Chayim Chadashim: Megillah Reading in Multiple Languages
    Monday, March 13 at 7 p.m.
    6000 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 931-7023.

    ...

  • PowerPoint Purim

    By Kelly Hartog

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Sometimes it's hard to hear the reading of the Megillat Esther over the raucous screeches, foot stamping and grogger spinning that come following the reading of Haman's name on Purim. Often the reader of the megilla has to wait until the noise subsides before continuing.

    But for...

  • 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...

  • Viva Vashti

    By Jane Ulman

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "Vashti's the only one in the Purim story who should be congratulated," my son Danny, 12, says.

    You may recall that King Ahasuerus, who had been sumptuously drinking and feasting with his Shushan subjects for seven days, ordered his chamberlains to "bring Vashti the queen before the...

  • Purim Around the World

    By Abby Gilad

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I know you're going to have a lot of fun dressing up, eating hamantaschen and drowning out Haman's name with your groggers! Here are some other interesting customs that used to be practiced at Purim around the world:


    France -- Because of the verse in the Megillah, "I shall surely...

  • 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...