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  • California may soon legalize pot, but what does Jewish law say?

    By Eitan Arom

    September 7, 2016 | 4:43 pm

    Among the more puzzling of the Jewish mitzvot is the commandment to get so drunk on Purim that you can’t distinguish the hero from the villain in the holiday story. 

    This year, recounted Rabbi Yisroel Engel, director of Chabad of Colorado, one ultra-Orthodox Denver man decided to...

  • Moving and shaking: Purim celebrations, TEBH honors and more

    By Ryan Torok

    March 31, 2016 | 9:20 am

    The ninth annual Beverly Hills Purim Ball, a benefit for Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills (TEBH) held March 10 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, honored Bunni and Murray Fischer with the Humanitarian Award, Steve Ghysels with the Community Spirit Award, and Israel Consul General in Los...

  • Jewish man who stormed Paris synagogue in jihadist costume not charged

    March 29, 2016 | 10:51 am

    A Jewish man who stormed a suburban Paris synagogue dressed as a jihadist and shouting “God is great” in Arabic was not charged with any crime.

    Police called the man, who is in his 40s, to a hearing on Friday, the day after he rushed into the Chabad synagogue in Vincennes wearing...

  • Purim bash combines the holy with the holistic

    By Melissa Weller

    March 28, 2016 | 11:31 pm

    Reading the advance info for “Dawn: The Open Temple Purim Bash,” which took place on March 24 at the Rose Room in Venice, the 6 a.m. start time might have appeared to be a typo. But it was not. It was also no deterrent for the approximately 100 early risers who flocked to the...

  • Calendar: March 25-31, 2016

    By Amanda Epstein

    March 25, 2016 | 3:15 pm

    FRI | MARCH 25


    Come in costume and see circus performers, play games, get your face painted and win prizes. There will also be a carnival for the younger ones in the Early Childhood Center. Dinner included. 5 p.m. carnival; 7 p.m. Shabbat...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Tsav with Rabbi Malcom Cohen

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 25, 2016 | 2:37 am

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Malcolm Cohen, leader of Temple Sinai in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rabbi Cohen previously served Beth Israel Congregation in Florence, South Carolina, and before that was one of three full- time rabbis at West London Synagogue, the flagship congregation of the...

  • Following terrorist attacks, Antwerp Jews told not to wear Purim masks

    March 23, 2016 | 1:42 pm

    Following terrorist attacks in Brussels, the crisis management center of the Jewish community of Antwerp urged locals not to wear masks on Purim.

    In addition to this instruction, the  Jewish Crisis Management Team in Antwerp requested in an announcement Tuesday that revelers,...

  • Segmented Purim, Segmented Mourning

    March 23, 2016 | 4:35 am

     [With appreciation to Betsy Teutsch of Philadephia for earlier conversations on this topic. R.Tabak]

    Jews will soon be celebrating the raucous holiday of Purim, based on the biblical book of Esther, celebrating their rescue from planned destruction with masquerades and parodies,...

  • Esther’s choice

    March 22, 2016 | 11:39 am

    During the holiday of Purim, celebrated this week, Jews recount the story of Esther, a secretly Jewish woman who becomes queen, and the choices she makes to save her people. Esther’s actions were aimed at gaining acceptance for a minority religion that was reviled, and preventing...

  • Happy Purim!

    By Deena F. Greenberg

    March 19, 2016 | 7:19 pm

  • Purim: Giving gratitude

    March 17, 2016 | 9:33 am

    In Megillat Esther, The Scroll of Esther, traditionally read on the eve of Purim, and then again on Purim day, there is a main character that seems to be MIA.

    In a nutshell: The wicked Haman plots to create a mass genocide, getting King Ahasuerus on board to have all the Jews...

  • Hebrew word of the week: Ozne Haman

    March 16, 2016 | 4:13 pm

    Originally this pastry, now associated with Purim and mishloah manot, had nothing to do with Haman, Purim or ears.

    The original German spelling was Mohntaschen, or “pockets (filled with) poppyseed,” * which in Yiddish became Homen-tashen, or “pockets of Haman,” and thus it became...

  • How to make hamantaschen favors from paper plates

    By Jonathan Fong

    March 16, 2016 | 3:11 pm

    A Purim celebration wouldn’t be complete without hamantashen, and every celebration needs party favors. So, here’s a hamantashen-shaped party favor made from paper plates, which you can fill with candy, toys — and more hamantashen. The whole family can join in the fun of putting...

  • A marriage of Purim and Persian New Year

    March 16, 2016 | 9:59 am

    Leave it to us, the Iranian Jews, to overdo it. One holiday with our name on it and you are faced with the ultimate Jewish experience in just two days. Purim is dramatic; a holiday that rivals Passover, as it begins with a grand-scale departure and concludes with a triumphant...

  • A Purim feast, Persian-style

    By Judy Zeidler

    March 15, 2016 | 10:51 am

    Purim is the holiday that celebrates the liberation of the Persian Jewish community long, long ago. It is a happy time when families rejoice with eating, drinking, costume parties and singing in a carnival-type atmosphere.

    The Purim story transpired in the ancient Persian Empire,...

  • Purim recipe: Chocolate eclair hamantaschen

    March 8, 2016 | 3:44 pm

    While traditional eclairs use a batter to bake the crispy shell, then a homemade custard filling this recipe uses store bought puff pastry, instant vanilla pudding and chocolate chips making it a super simple (and delicious!) treat to whip up for the holiday.


  • Purim recipe: Fruity Pebbles hamantaschen

    March 7, 2016 | 9:00 am

    Pastry dough studded with colorful crispy fruity pebbles will bring both the kids and adults to the table. 

    Servings: about 20 hamantaschen


    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1/2 cup oil
    • 2/3 cup sugar
    • 2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 2 1/2...
  • Purim recipe: Chocolate peanut butter Reese’s Puffs hamantaschen

    March 3, 2016 | 10:09 am

    Chocolate and peanut butter unite to create this decadent hamantash garnished with a sprinkle of cereal on top.

    Servings: about 22 hamantaschen


    • 2 eggs (for vegan dough use 2 tablespoons ground flax seed combined with 6 tablespoons water)
    • 1/2 cup oil...
  • Purim recipe: Nacho hamantaschen

    March 2, 2016 | 11:14 am

    Purim is a joyous day. The food we eat on it, should be as fun and colorful as the holiday we are celebrating. Give the traditional hamantaschen a modern remix with this unique and adventurous recipe.

    Nacho Hamantaschen

    Crispy hamantaschen filled with meatless veggies crumbles...

  • Hamantaschen for Purim inspires dozens of variations

    February 19, 2016 | 12:00 pm

    The most recognizable symbol for the Jewish holiday of Purim is a three-cornered cookie, called a hamantaschen.

    Purim, which begins March 4, is a particularly joyful festival, nicknamed the Id-al-Sukkar, or the sugar holiday, by Muslims because sweet treats are plentiful. It is a...

  • A plethora of Purim parties

    By Ryan Torok

    March 11, 2015 | 9:33 am

    Never in a million years did I think I’d be spending Purim pedaling away on a stationary bicycle, dressed as Indiana Jones, in order to power a DJ playing “Bubble Butt” by Major Lazer.

    But that’s what I did recently at IKAR. 

    There were parties all over town last week as the...

  • For Ukraine Jews, Purim holiday merely a respite

    March 5, 2015 | 11:00 am

    Jewish perseverance, and more than a bit of chutzpah, lies at the heart of the Purim holiday we celebrate this week. It is one of the reasons we are instructed to mark this raucous holiday with boundless joy and why thousands of Ukrainian Jews, despite the odds they face, will join...

  • Purim poser: What is our fascination with villains?

    March 3, 2015 | 3:42 pm

    Who is the Haman in your life? The person, who like the bad guy in the Megillah Esther that we read on Purim, schemes to bring you down.

    When we get to the place in the Megillah where Haman is forced to lead Mordechai though the streets of Shushan, saying, “This is what is done...

  • Apricot-infused bourbon for Purim and beyond

    March 2, 2015 | 6:43 pm

    Hamantaschen get all the Purim glory, and rightfully so. These soft triangular cookies can be filled with anything from the traditional apricot, poppy seed or prune to non-traditional varieties like red velvet or Neapolitan. The only limits are your imagination and your oven space....

  • Purim: Joy vs. Oblivion

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 2, 2015 | 10:07 am

    By Rabbi Paul Steinberg

    “Rabbi,” they ask with concern and genuine curiosity, “there are synagogues, Chabad houses, and rabbis that are enticing our young people to come to Purim events with the appeal of alcohol and drinking.”  I listen with anxiety, anger, and a bit of desire....

  • Machatzit HaShekel – Remembering the other half

    By Deena F. Greenberg

    March 1, 2015 | 4:02 pm

    Purim is a celebration with something for everyone – an exciting story with  the reading of the Megilla , mishloach manot , or the exchanging of delicacies to friends and neighbors, the festive Purim seudah (meal) with plenty of food and wine, costumes and laughter.  But there’s...

  • Haman Nashen

    By Deena F. Greenberg

    February 26, 2015 | 5:59 pm

    Hamantashen are filled pastries traditionally eaten on the Jewish holiday of Purim. There are  different theories as to why we eat them on this holiday.  Most likely, it is because a popular German pastry filled with poppyseed was called "mohntashen," or "poppyseed pockets," and...

  • Are there limits to humor?

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    February 26, 2015 | 5:22 pm

    Scandals involving rabbis or celebrities, a massively destructive Web hack, Ebola, Middle East unrest, growing anti-Semitism in Europe, even ISIS — when it comes to brainstorming for Purim content, today’s Jews see every strange or terrifying story as comedic potential. In...

  • Torah portion: Blessings in disguise

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    February 25, 2015 | 10:05 am

    My mother, z”l, measured her great success in the women’s clothing business by the number of women who liked the clothes she chose for them. When I was young, my mother shared with me her “secret of success”: People have to feel comfortable in their clothes; they have to feel like...

  • Are there any miracles in the Books of Esther and Ruth?

    February 25, 2015 | 9:27 am

    While the Books of Ruth and Esther each focus on a heroine, they depict very different pictures of Jewish life. The Book of Ruth is a vignette of the Land of Israel a few hundred years after the Exodus. The Book of Esther is a broad canvas depicting the Jewish people in exile and a...

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