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Watch Joan Collins Play Queen Esther on the Big Screen

By On March 9, 2017

From Cecil B. DeMille’s Ten Commandments to the 2014 film Noah, epic stories of biblical proportion are no stranger to the silver screen. Yet one you may be less familiar with is the… Read More

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Was Stalin’s Death a Purim Miracle?

By On March 8, 2017

An evil man rises to power with a grand plan to eliminate the Jews, until a twist of fate—a miracle!—happens, and the evil man dies; the Jews survive. Who was that evil… Read More

Quirky, Gorgeous Pics of London Kids in Purim Costumes
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Quirky, Gorgeous Pics of London Kids in Purim Costumes

By On March 23, 2016

Ever wish you could just stare at kids in Purim costumes without looking away? Thanks to French photographer Estelle Hanania, now you can. In her gorgeous photography book Happy Purim (Shelter Press),… Read More

Tel Aviv's 1933 Purim Parade Starred This Hitler Float
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Tel Aviv’s 1933 Purim Parade Starred This Controversial Hitler Float

By On March 22, 2016

March 1933, Tel Aviv. While Zionist leaders debated how to protest Hitler’s rise to power and help German Jews emigrate, Tel Aviv residents were gearing up for their annual Adloyada Purim parade.… Read More

The Old English Drinking Song About Haman and Esther
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The Old English Drinking Song About Haman and Esther

By On March 5, 2015

For generations Jewish children have sung a classic ditty for the holiday of Purim called “Once There was a Wicked, Wicked Man and Haman Was His Name-o.” The chorus, as you may know from your own Purim festivities, goes… Read More

Burning Haman in the Streets of Provence
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Burning Haman in the Streets of Provence

By On March 4, 2015

    Why can’t the world just let the Jews have their fun? It’s Purim, it’s the fifth century, and all the Jews want to do is burn effigies of Haman in… Read More

The Jewish Mardi Gras
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The Jewish Mardi Gras

By On March 13, 2014

What is it about the depth of winter that makes us want to don a mask, grab a flask, and get lost in a crowd? From 16th-century Venice to contemporary New Orleans and Brazil, cultures around the… Read More

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Shop Purim! Costumes & Kitsch.

By On March 7, 2014

Happy Purim, Jewniverse! We’ve collected some of the best costumes, gifts and general Purim shtick that you could dream of to celebrate the holiday. We hope you enjoy these picks as much as… Read More

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Ad D’lo Yada Between This Way, That Way, Or That

By On February 22, 2013

You may be familiar with ad d’lo yada, the Aramaic term for the Purim tradition of drinking so much you can’t distinguish between the Purim story’s hero, Mordecai, and its villain, Haman. What you are… Read More

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Purim and Yom Kippur

By On September 25, 2012

In the World to Come, says the Zohar, the Jewish people will only celebrate two holidays–Purim and Yom Kippur. In fact the Zohar, refers to Yom Kippur as Yom Ki-Purim; literally, “a day like Purim,” even though you might not… Read More

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The King’s Wand

By On March 7, 2012

One of the Talmud‘s oddest discussions has to be the debate over the length of King Ahasuerus’s royal scepter. At one point in the Purim story, Esther entered the king’s throne room to beg him not to put the… Read More

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Kill Me Twice, Shame on Me

By On March 5, 2012

One of the more famous Jewish customs surrounding the Festival of Lots (also known as Purim) is the liberal consumption of alcohol. The Talmud itself teaches (Megillah 7b), “People are obliged to drink on Purim until… Read More