The Book of Esther

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


Purim in the Community

The megillah reading, mishloach manot and more


Purim 2024

In 2024, Purim begins at sunset on Saturday, March 23.

Purim Food Quiz

Test your knowledge of Purim foods and food traditions.

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.

Vashti and Esther: A Feminist Perspective

The relationship between the two Persian queens is integral to understanding the Purim story.

A History of Purim

How this festival became a time for merriment and satire.

The Fast of Esther

The fast that precedes the holiday of Purim.

The Concealed Face of God

Why isn't God mentioned in the Book of Esther?

Purim 101

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

Purim Themes and Theology

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

Reading the Megillah

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

How To Make Your Own Gragger

Instructions for constructing a Purim noisemaker

The Purim Meal (Seudah)

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

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Purim

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