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  • The Purim Bar Mitzvah

    March 26, 2014 | 11:24 am

    An extraordinary event, perhaps transformational, occurred here in Malibu California during Purim.   Before I tell you more, let me provide a personal context.

    It may seem paradoxical, but although I am a FFB (frum from birth), my first natural reaction is to be  a skeptic. Frum...

  • Hollywood in Israel, the Jerusalem Marathon, Spiderman and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 24, 2014 | 9:10 am

    Alona Tal continues her climb to the top

    Israeli actress Alona Tal, who is one of the most successful Israelis in Hollywood, is joining a new US television production directed by Marc Forster, who was in charge of  World War Z and James Bond film Quantum of Solace. The Amazon...

  • Helping the poor on Purim

    By Ryan Torok

    March 19, 2014 | 4:29 pm

    It was Purim, and the people of Skid Row were rushing Shari and Maya Rosenman’s minivan at Seventh Street and Gladys Avenue.

    Maya Rosenman, a student at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Massachusetts who was home on spring break, scrambled to provide bags full of supplies to the...

  • 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...

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  • Bar Refaeli’s Purim costume: Fashionable Tiger

    March 18, 2014 | 10:31 am

    And the runner up to our celebrity Purim costume contest is…Bar Refaeli. We love that the Israeli supermodel chose adorable over sexy with this “stylish tiger” outfit.

    How does one imbue a tiger with style, you ask? Three words: Yellow Chanel bag. Here it is, straight from her Instagram.

  • Channeling Purim’s Esther, Jewish women fast for immigration reform

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 13, 2014 | 12:04 pm

    While many devout Jews across the United States and elsewhere observed the pre-Purim tradition of fasting on Thursday, March 13, more than 200 Jewish women and men are going without food today for a different cause: immigration reform.

    This year, members and supporters of the...

  • Happy Purim!

    By Steve Greenberg

    March 12, 2014 | 1:52 pm

  • Shabbat libations cause for concern

    March 12, 2014 | 1:50 pm

    When a group of men can be so drunk that one of them knocks over a toddler into the middle of a busy street and falls flat on his face, it’s time to reassess the impact excessive alcohol consumption is having on our communities. 

    Every year, in preparation for the Purim holiday,...

  • Women and Torah: Masking words

    By David Suissa

    March 12, 2014 | 12:32 pm

    Especially during this time of year, when many of us disguise ourselves for the holiday of Purim, the idea of masks is usually associated with people. Even in politics and everyday life, we talk of people masking their real intentions or hiding behind a façade.

    But in Judaism,...

  • Still hungry

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    March 12, 2014 | 12:22 pm

    I’ve been celebrating Purim ever since I was a little kid, screaming “Boo, Haman” at the top of my lungs at the annual megillah reading, but it wasn’t until a few years ago, while working at The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles on the “Fed Up With Hunger” campaign, that I learned...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Spiced Nut and Cheese Hamantashen - Gluten Free Option [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    March 11, 2014 | 9:00 am

    I think I might have created the best Hamantashen ever. Really.

    Basically these hamantashen are like a cheese and prune danish meets a nutty cinnamon rugelach

    Hamantashen cookies are so often not “wowers.” Plain dough filled with jam shaped in a triangle to mimic the...

  • Battle over Purim children’s book with two dads

    March 7, 2014 | 2:02 pm

    The line between respecting diverse religious beliefs and violating the rights and dignity of gays and lesbians is at the center of a debate between gay advocates and the PJ Library over a children’s picture book featuring a family with two fathers.

    “The Purim Superhero,” by...

  • On Purim, answering to a higher grogger

    March 7, 2014 | 12:54 pm

    On Purim, can we really blot out the memory of an evil like Haman, who threatened our very existence, with a noisemaker?

    When in a popular Purim song we sing “Hava narishah-rash, rash, rash,” “Wind your noisemakers,” all that “rashing” does momentarily make the darkness go away....

  • The Joy in Special Needs

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    February 27, 2014 | 10:18 pm

    I’m writing this blog post with the strains of “Hava Nagila” coming from the TV where my son Danny is about to watch his fourth viewing of the eponymous film, an uplifting, entertaining documentary about how the song orginated, it's international history, and why we all love to...

  • New Jew to reopen at former West Hills campus

    By Ryan Torok

    August 7, 2013 | 1:49 pm

    In a way, New Community Jewish High School’s Purim shpiels said it all. For the past several years, students at New Community Jewish High School (NCJHS) — founded in 2002 and commonly known as New Jew, for short — would use the opportunity of Purim, when it’s customary to perform...

  • How to become a Jew

    May 8, 2013 | 11:40 am

    1. ENROLL IN A CONVERSION PROGRAM

    There are a variety of options for how to begin the process, but all involve study with a rabbi. Some people study with an individual rabbi for a period of time, and other people enroll in group classes designed especially for converts.

    People...

  • Divine spark: expressing the unique mission of your soul

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    March 4, 2013 | 11:16 pm

    On February 23, I spent the day looking for a good Purim costume to wear to an event that evening.  My initial idea was pretty basic, which was to just wear different neon articles of clothing.  When I saw that my costume at the local thrift store was going to cost me $66, I put...

  • New York Diary: Between Hikind, Galliano and MacFarlane

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 1, 2013 | 5:06 am

    Yesterday I wrote about the controversy surrounding Seth MacFarlane's purportedly anti-Semitic Oscar night jokes which implied that Jews control Hollywood. But the MacFarlane case wasn’t the only recent episode involving: 1.Jews; 2. an attempt at being humorous; 3. supposed...

  • How Purim Differs from Halloween

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    February 27, 2013 | 7:00 am

    Since costumes are involved in both events, it’s understandable that people who don’t know much about Purim may think it’s like Halloween. So, with Purim happening last weekend, I thought I’d outline some of the ways in which they differ.

    First, while Halloween, or “All Hallows...

  • Hikind apologizes for Purim blackface

    February 25, 2013 | 3:41 pm

    Dov Hikind apologized after coming under criticism for dressing up in blackface for Purim.

    "I'm sorry people were offended," Hikind said Monday at a press conference outside his Flatbush home, according to the New York Daily News. "In hindsight, I should have picked something...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 25, 2013 | 11:10 am

    Messi to visit Israel

    Israeli President Shimon Peres and the president of FC Barcelona, Sandro Rosell,  announced that Barcelona football team will arrive in Israel on July 31st to face a mixed-team of Israelis and Palestinians, as a part of a peace initiative.

    Read more here.

    ...
  • Unmasking: The Purim Blog

    By Beit T'shuvah

    February 24, 2013 | 3:12 pm

    By Rachel Goldman Neubauer

    Purim, as most of us know, is all about masks.  Esther hid her Jewish identity from King Ahashverosh, even after marriage, until revealing herself meant saving lives. 

    While I love being silly and dressing up in costume, there are certain things about...

  • Is Haman alive today? Purim & Happiness!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 22, 2013 | 11:02 am

    The Jewish holiday of Purim, which begins tonight, is a joyous time of celebration. The story of the Book of Esther is familiar: In the 4th century BCE, the Persian King Ahasuerus fell under the influence of his evil prime minister Haman, who resented the Jews who refused to bow...

  • Purim in Israel [SLIDESHOW]

    By JewishJournal

    February 22, 2013 | 10:10 am

    Israelis celebrate Purim in full costume throughout Israel. 

    COMMENT BELOW WITH YOUR FAVORITE COSTUME!

  • Purim for all—Special Needs Events this Weekend

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    February 21, 2013 | 10:53 pm

    Purim is an especially festive Jewish holiday that captures the essence of many Jewish holidays--the bad guys tried to kill us, we triumphed, now let's eat and party! For people with sensory issues, it can be challenging since it tradtionally includes very loud booing every time...

  • Our Annual Purim Spoof Cover 2013: Hagel, Kittenyahu, Lena Dunham [SLIDESHOW]

    By JewishJournal

    February 21, 2013 | 3:02 am

    Click to enlarge and see a slideshow of our past covers!

  • 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...

  • 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...

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