Purim

Purim Plays and Carnivals

Creative ways that fulfill the religious obligation to have fun.

Will the Real Esther Please Stand Up?

The heroine of the Purim story is portrayed in contradictory ways in the biblical book that bears her name.

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.

What Happens in Synagogue on Purim

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

Purim 2018

From hamantaschen to the Megillah, what you need to know about this holiday that falls on March 1.

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.

Why Do Jews Wear Costumes on Purim?

The long practice of masquerading may have its roots in medieval Italy.