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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Megillah of Mixed Messages

    By Pearl Salkin

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It's time to take out the groggers, make some noise and watch the parade of mini Esthers at the local synagogues and Jewish schools.

    There'll be an aura of frivolity as well-respected pillars of our community expose their funny bone and sense of silliness when we all gather for the...

  • Running Low

    By David Landau

    March 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Prime Minister Ehud Barak is down on that commodity so essential to a politician -- luck.

    On Tuesday, in a screaming headline, the country's largest-circulation daily, Yediot Achronot, announced that an unnamed minister was under investigation for sexually molesting a staffer.

    Within...

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