Complete features and guide to rituals for the festive holiday celebrating Jewish triumph over oppression in ancient Persia

Purim Basics

This year, Purim begins at sundown on March 13

and ends sundown on March 14.

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Cutting Loose on Purim

Purim is one of the few times when Jewish children get to overtly enjoy prayer.

By Rabbi Sandy Sasso

Meanwhile, Back at the Shushan Bar & Grill

Make the story of Purim new again with plenty of fun ways for kids to participate

By Elizabeth Applebaum

Rituals & Meaning
Revelry with a Cause

Beliefnet's Virtual Talmud rabbis on Purim's meaning for 21st-century Jews

Purim’s Message of Unity



By Yossi Huttler

Reflections on Purim and Peacemaking

By Rabbi Arthur Waskow

There’s Something About Esther

By Rebecca Phillips

The Megillah vs. the Gospels: Rabbi Brad Hirshfield on Purim
Interview with Rebecca Phillips

Purim: A New Stage of Revelation
With a reluctant heroine and moral ambiguity, Purim is the perfect holiday for the post-Holocaust world. By Rabbi Irving Greenberg

Quiz: Are you in the Purim spirit?

Unmasking the Purim Characters
The Purim story can help us make meaning of the interplay between our inner and outer lives. By Steve Greenberg

Remembering Haman’s Roots
Torah commentary on Leviticus 1:1-5:26 By Wendy Amsellem

Who Wants to Marry the King of Persia?
By Andrew Silow-Carroll

Mardi Purim
There are many similarities between Mardi Gras and Purim, especially in New Orleans
By Rodger Kamenetz

Join the conversation:
The celebration of Purim traditionally includes revelry over the downfall of Haman, enemy of the Jews. Is the focus on revenge a spiritually healing interpretation of the holiday?

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