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Purim 2012

Purim 2012: Jews Celebrate Festive Holiday In Israel

Posted 03.08.2012 | Religion

Purim is a spring holiday that commemorates the Jewish community's narrow escape from collective destruction in the ancient Persian Empire, as recount...

It's Purim: Don't Worry, Be Happy!

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 05.07.2012 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

Purim points the way that beyond the give and take of the dance of opposites that is the nature of life, is the reality that God is beyond opposites and can be experienced directly in a state of pure, unfiltered joy.

Purim Revelations

Rabbi Rachel Kobrin | Posted 05.07.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kobrin

It wasn't until I was an adult that I came to experience the deeper meaning of Purim. Our rabbis teach that Purim (a day of exuberant, drunken celebration) and Yom Kippur (our holiest day of atonement) have much in common.

The Con In Consumerism: A Purim Quest Into Ourselves

Amanda Gelb | Posted 05.07.2012 | Religion
Amanda Gelb

When do we cross the line into materialism or even gluttony? When does having more cease to add appreciably to human satisfaction? Let us cultivate a deeper awareness of our personal measures of success, and celebrate them together.

Some Jewish Leaders Worry Festive Holy Day Encourages Binge Drinking

Posted 03.06.2012 | Religion

By Meredith A. Bennett-Smith Religion News Service (RNS) It's almost Purim, and Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb is feeling a mix of joy and dread. Joy...

Blot Out The Memory - A Purim Reflection

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 05.06.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

We need to remember, but we also need to blot out the memory. We need to free ourselves from despair and darkness, and we need to find a way to bring light and joy and gladness and honor to everyone in the world.

Purim: An American Jewish Celebration

Rabbi Moshe Waldoks | Posted 05.06.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Moshe Waldoks

Fortuitously positioned as a harbinger of spring, Purim joins Mardi Gras and St. Patrick's Day to form a triumvirate of formidable fun. As a wheel in this tri-cycle of minor American festivities, everyone can feel Jewish on Purim.

Is Purim The Jewish Halloween? Some Jews Say No

Posted 03.02.2012 | Religion

By Lauren Markoe Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Debby Levitt's four children are dressing up big time for Purim, one of the more raucous o...