Purim

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.

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."

Esther as Comedy

Can a book of the Bible be funny?

Unmasking the Purim Heroes

Were Mordecai and Esther assimilated Jews?

Why Purim is the Holiday of Prayer

The holiday of drunken revelry is also the day that proves the Torah's assertion that God answers all prayers.

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 ...

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

Why Some Jews Celebrate Purim One Day Later

Shushan Purim is the day when residents of walled cities, like Jerusalem, observe the holiday.

Why Do Jews Send Mishloach Manot on Purim?

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