Purim

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.

Purim Plays and Carnivals

Creative ways that fulfill the religious obligation to have fun.

Vashti: The Forgotten Queen of Persia

The rabbis imagined the Bible's Vashti as both evil villain and tragic heroine.

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.