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Purim Quiz

How much do you know about this festive holiday?

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Purim 101

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

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Purim

From Esther's vegetarianism to the Jewish leap year, things that might surprise you.

Must-Know Purim Words and Phrases

Key vocabulary for this raucous holiday

Purim History

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

The Story of Purim

The plot and themes of "the whole Megillah."

Why Do Jews Send Mishloach Manot on Purim?

It is customary to send Purim gifts to friends and strangers.

Why Some Jews Celebrate Purim One Day Later

Shushan Purim is the day when residents of walled cities, like Jerusalem, observe the holiday.

Purim Plays and Carnivals

Creative ways that fulfill the religious obligation to have fun.

Shabbat Blessings for Friday Night

Lighting the candles, saying Kiddush and other Shabbat dinner rituals.

Modern Jewish Holidays 101

There are a handful of holidays that entered Jewish life in the latter half of the 20th century.

How to Light Shabbat Candles

What you need to know about this ritual welcoming the Sabbath.

What Happens in Synagogue on Purim

In addition to the Megillah reading, several additions are made to the daily prayer services.

Purim 2020

In 2020, Purim begins at sunset on Monday, March 9.