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 2020

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

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.

What Happens in Synagogue on Purim

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

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.