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 2019

In 2019, Purim begins at sundown on Wednesday, March 20.

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 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

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

Purim Quiz

How much do you know about this festive holiday?

The Esther/Vashti Purim Flag

The new tradition of waving a flag when Esther and Vashti's names are mentioned celebrates the triumph of these Purim heroines.