Purim

Purim

The Book of Esther

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

Purim

Purim in the Community

The megillah reading, mishloach manot and more

Purim

Purim 2018

From hamantaschen to the Megillah, what you need to know about this holiday that falls on March 1.

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Purim

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

Quiz: Which Hamantaschen Are You?

Apricot, poppy seed or prune?

Must-Know Purim Words and Phrases

Key vocabulary for this raucous holiday

Purim 101

Purim, or the Feast of Lots, is a joyous holiday that recounts the saving of the Jews from a threatened massacre during the Persian period (539-330 BCE).

The Story of Purim

The plot and themes of "the whole Megillah."

Purim Foods

Hamantaschen aren't the only foods associated with this festive holiday.

Ask the Expert: Mishloach Manot Do’s and Don’ts

How do I give these Purim gift baskets?

Why Do Jews Send Mishloach Manot on Purim?

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

All About Esther

The book of Esther is not a historical document in the usual sense--but that doesn't undermine its importance as a religious book in the Jewish canon.

Purim Plays and Carnivals

Creative ways that fulfill the religious obligation to have fun.

Drinking on Purim

A lighthearted look at the source of the obligation to get drunk on the holiday.