Purim 101

Purim is a joyous holiday that celebrates the saving of the Jews from a threatened massacre in ancient Persia.

Reading the Megillah

The Scroll of Esther, which tells the Purim story, is chanted in synagogue twice on Purim.

Purim in the Community

The megillah reading, mishloach manot and more

The Story of Purim

The plot and themes of "the whole Megillah."

The Fast of Esther: A Minor Fast Day

The joy of Purim is preceded by solemnity.

What Happens in Synagogue on Purim

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

The History of Purim

There are many theories as to how this holiday developed.

How Purim is Celebrated in Israel

Purim festivities spill onto the street, last multiple days, and are a time for serious fun — for both kids and adults.

Purim At Home

How to celebrate this raucous Jewish holiday

Purim Plays and Carnivals

Creative ways that fulfill the religious obligation to have fun.