Purim

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.

Al Hanisim: Remembering Our Partnership in God’s Miracles

Both the holidays when this prayer is recited are marked by courageous human action in making space for the miraculous.

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.

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?