The Book of Esther’s Violent Ending

When an oppressed group massacres others.

Esther as Comedy

Can a book of the Bible be funny?

Unmasking the Purim Heroes

Were Mordecai and Esther assimilated Jews?

How to Fold Hamantaschen for Purim

Do you fold or pinch? It’s an enduring question in the world of hamantaschen baking. Some prefer pinwheel hamantaschen (like ...

What Are Hamantaschen?

The triangular pastries associated with the holiday of Purim.

Purim Quiz

How much do you know about this festive holiday?

Purim and Halloween

An ideological face-off.

The History of Purim

There are many theories as to how this holiday developed.

VIDEO: How to Make the Perfect Hamantaschen

With these few easy steps, all bakers can avoid the curse of the leaky hamantaschen.

Josephus’s Version of Esther

A public relations piece for Jews?

How the Book of Esther Changed

Several Greek versions of the Purim story survive, along with the biblical text we read today.

What Happens in Synagogue on Purim

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