purim

Purim is a Jewish holiday that marks the saving of the Jews from Haman of the Persian empire, who was planning on persecuting the Jewish people. The Book of Esther tells the Purim narrative, and is customarily read in synagogues on the day of the holiday. The holiday takes place on the 14th day of Adar. During Purim, it is customary to dress up, exchange gifts of food and drink known as "mishloach manot," donate to charity, and eat a celebratory meal known as "sudat purim."

Coronavirus causes muted festivities over Purim

While there was still a definite Purim buzz about town in the modern city of Jerusalem on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, the celebrations were somewhat subdued.

KUDOS TO Mayor Moshe Lion for enabling Nahlaot’s legendary Purim street party to go on.
Queen Esther’s 'mission impossible' moment

What is it like when we face a moment that we have been born to do, where we must take the risk of a lifetime to save something or someone dear, precious, or even holy?

By RABBI JACOB BLUMENTHAL
10/03/2020
A BRILLIANT future: Purim masks on sale at Jerusalem’s Mahaneh Yehuda marke
Israel marks Purim under the cloud of coronavirus

Strict government directives could put a damper on what is supposed to be a merry holiday

By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE
10/03/2020
‘BECAUSE IT’S a megillah written in Safed, we chose the writing style of the Ari as our font.’
The secret of Purim and Megilat Esther – opinion

Historical events are composed of thousands of moments, occurrences and actions that form one event. But at the heart of that event there is always one moment which is special; a decisive point.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
09/03/2020
Students gift mishloah manot to worried Chinese workers

"The spread of joy, not worry, is the value of education in our eyes."

09/03/2020
A Purim lesson at the White House

The chants of “Death to Israel” wafting across the world from today’s Iran confirm that the more things change, the more they remain the same.

The tomb of Esther and Mordechai, a drawing by Eugène Flandin, 1851
How Iran’s Jewish community purchased the tomb of Esther and Mordechai

Documents discovered in the CAHJP archives reveal a surprising initiative undertaken by the Jews of Iran and the country’s government to mark 2,500 years since the Edict of Cyrus.

By CHEN MALUL/NATIONAL LIBRARY OF ISRAEL
10/03/2020
‘BECAUSE IT’S a megillah written in Safed, we chose the writing style of the Ari as our font.’
Megillah reading livestreamed for those in coronavirus quarantine – watch

The Great Synagogue of Tel Aviv will livestream the megillah reading, but those who aren't sick are still required to hear it in person.

09/03/2020
Palestinians: Israel also appropriated cholent from us

JROAST Purim Spoof: “Cholent is a Palestinian national dish that has been hijacked colonized by Israel’s culinary ethnic cleansing,”

By CHETH KRANTZMAN
09/03/2020
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