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Contest: DVDs for Purim and Passover!

posted by Nell Minow

There are two great new Shalom Sesame DVDs to celebrate the spring Jewish holidays and I have one of each to give away. It’s a wonderful way to help introduce children to two of the year’s most important festivals. This year, Purim begins the evening of March 19 and the first Passover seder is on April 18.

Be Happy, It’s Purim! Everyone is dressing up for Purim, so get out your groggers and join the fun! Avigail is inspired by the story of Esther. Moishe Oofnik is his usual grouchy self…but who is that mysterious masked singer at the Purim Spiel? Guest appearance by Eva Longoria.


It’s Passover, Grover! It’s almost time to celebrate Passover, and there is no horseradish to be found. Grover, Anneliese and Avigail put their heads together to track it down, but things get tricky when there is an Oofnik involved! Guest appearance by Jake Gyllenhaal

To win one of the DVDs, send me an email at with Purim or Passover in the subject line to let me know which one you want. Don’t forget to include your address and tell me your favorite part of the holiday celebration. I’ll pick two random winners one week from today. Good luck and good yom tov!


  • jestrfyl

    Religion is often reduced to the level of pre-schoolers and kindergartners. I am looking for a time when they make good, well-written, well-acted, WELL-produced films for Middle School and High School folks that tell the some of the stories in a way that is not so reductionist as to be meaingless. Sadly, these broad stroke, bold color tales are all that people have to carry with them into adulthood. The Bible is far more subtle and tectured than that. If nothing else, someone ought to do a good movie about the Macabbees or barKochba (Speilberg is missing some great source material). I’d love one about St Patrick and the Druidic Kings too (what a cool challenge for the likes of Kevin Smith!). The Narnia films are good, but they are metaphoric. Sometimes a direct tale helps people understand their legacy and traditions. There is so much material, why so little effort on the film makers parts?

  • Nell Minow

    Right as ever, jestrfyl. I would love to see that.

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