Purim | March 23-24, 2016 | March 11-12, 2017

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MORE Purim COVERAGE

Mourning the Purim Princess Dress

After years of my daughter begrudgingly agreeing to tulle and tiaras, a revolt

For One Outspoken Teenager in Revolution-Era Iran, Queen Esther Was a Kindred Spirit

Amid political upheaval, an embattled girl fled entirely alone—the lessons of Purim’s heroine propelling her to freedom

The Origins of Your Favorite Purim Customs

Costumes, revelry, and satire weren’t always synonymous with the holiday

This Year, Let’s Celebrate #PurimNotPrejudice

Dressing in costume for the holiday shouldn’t involve cultural appropriation

The Transgressive Spirit of Purim

I’ve spent years trying to find a costume, from Kurt Cobain to my own cat, that reflects a hidden side of my personality

A Battle Heats Up—Over Purim Packages

The holiday’s ‘mishloach manot’ boxes used to involve juice and a bag of chips. Now competitive moms have raised the stakes.

Jewish Fanfiction Creates an Alternate Literary Universe

The X-Men have a Seder. Hogwarts gets a kosher kitchen. And everyone from Ivanhoe to Big Bird to Captain Kirk gets a rewrite.

American Jews Speak English, but Our Sacred Texts Are in Hebrew

What happens when the most authoritative guardians of the tradition are sometimes baffled by the tradition themselves?

When the Talmud Offers Close Readings of Sacred Fictions

Antic embellishments, like Esther being good in bed, help Talmudic rabbis to more fully explicate the text’s divine meaning

A Reply To ‘Reading Megillah in Tehran’

Asking whether Jews in Iran are really free to celebrate

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