What Is Shemini Atzeret, Anyway?

We ask the experts about the High Holiday season’s least-understood festival

How Did Simchat Torah Get So Popular?

The festive holiday now overshadows Shemini Atzeret, which has biblical roots

Designer Lulavs and Luxury Etrogs Sweep Israel

Fancy versions of the Four Species go for more than $100

Drew Barrymore Loves Rosh Hashanah

The actress also enjoys challah, french fries, and gardens

Purim 2011

From hamantashen to designer costumes to newfangled groggers—anything and everything you might need to better enjoy the Festival of Lots

Seriously Groggy

The Purim tradition of drowning out Haman’s name with noise dates back to medieval times. But in our increasingly cacophonous lives, an illustrator wonders: Does the grogger need to be reinvented?

Purim FAQ

Everything you ever wanted to know about the story of Esther

Ritual du Jour

Vanessa Ochs studies “bark mitzvahs” and other modern inventions

Royal Flush

A new film reinvents Queen Esther as the very first Bachelorette

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