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