Purim

Reading the Megillah

The Scroll of Esther, which tells the Purim story, is chanted in synagogue twice on Purim.

Purim 2021

In 2021, Purim begins at sunset on Thursday, February 25.

Purim 101

Purim is a joyous holiday that celebrates the saving of the Jews from a threatened massacre in ancient Persia.

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Summary

In this Torah portion, God appoints Aaron and his sons as priests. God describes the priestly clothing and explains how to properly sanctify the priests. Aaron is commanded to make incense offerings to God every morning on an altar. God explains that once a year Aaron will make an offering on that altar to atone for all of the Israelites’ sins.

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Parashat Tetzaveh

Exodus 27:20 - 30:10

Ezekiel 43:10 - 43:27

Parashat Tetzaveh: Pinterest for Priests

The Torah’s elaborate description of the priestly vestments reminds us that clothing has the power to change how we feel.

Videos

How To Make Your Own Gragger

Instructions for constructing a Purim noisemaker

Why Do Jews Wear Costumes on Purim?

The long practice of masquerading may have its roots in medieval Italy.

Breaking the Glass at a Jewish Wedding

Why the Jewish wedding ceremony ends with a famous bang.

Recipes

Dulce de Leche Hamantaschen

Rethinking the South American alfajores cookie for Purim.

How to Make Hamantaschen Cereal for Purim

Who wouldn't want tiny hamantaschen for breakfast?

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A History of Purim

How this festival became a time for merriment and satire.

The Book of Esther

There are many unique aspects to the biblical book that tells the Purim story.

Purim Themes and Theology

At its core, this festive holiday grapples with deep and even troubling themes.

The Purim Meal

Eat, drink, and be merry is not without controversy.

Purim History

How the events chronicled in the Book of Esther inspired a holiday.

Are Esther and Mordechai Buried in This Iranian Tomb?

The purported burial site of Purim's Persian queen was a pilgrimage site for Iran's Jews.