Pronounced: SHPEEL, Origin: Yiddish, literally “play” or “skit.” A Purim shpiel is a humorous and dramatic presentation of the events outlined in the Book of Esther, often performed on Purim eve. Also used to mean story or explanation not necessarily on Purim.

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