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Meaning of Purim

Purim: War Or Spring Fever?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 05.05.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

By turning the day into a fast, the rabbis shattered this nationalist celebration of a military victory. They tried to teach us to take the contradictions of Purim as a profound meditation on our world, not as an incitement to murder.

The Whimsy, Confusion And Hope Of Purim

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Arnold M. Eisen

Purim cautions us not to take ourselves too seriously but to take moral choices extremely seriously. Its strategy is to get us to laugh at facts of life that would otherwise make us cry.