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More Jewish Community Centers Receive Bomb Threats During Purim Holiday

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 03.13.2017 | Religion

Another wave of threats targeted eight Jewish community centers across the United States and Canada on Sunday, coinciding with the holiday of Purim. T...

Knowledge Of Jewish Tradition Can Fight Anti-Semitism In America

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted 03.10.2017 | Religion
Arnold M. Eisen

Purim will be a little different for American Jews this year. The raucous celebration of Mordecai and Esther’s triumph over Haman, quintessential ...

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 8: Macon, Georgia, The Road Leads Back To You

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 07.03.2016 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

On the Future of Wagnerism, Part 8: Macon, Georgia, The Road Leads Back to You Steve Mass, the Mudd Club, Wagner and Me by Lawrence D. Mass "O Wag...

Behind the Mask of Purim: Review of Yoram Hazony's God & Politics in Esther

Ashley Rindsberg | Posted 03.24.2016 | Home
Ashley Rindsberg

Purim is most closely associated with costumes, triangular pastries called Hamantaschen, and howls of hatred each time the name of the Jews' genocidal nemesis, Haman, is read from the Book of Esther.

Who Killed Jesus? Combatting Anti-Semitism on Good Friday

Rev. Eleanor Harrison Bregman | Posted 03.24.2016 | Religion
Rev. Eleanor Harrison Bregman

Sadly, I've come to expect that many Christians think that "the Jews" killed Jesus. They grew up in churches where clergy have irresponsibly used the Gospel of John on Good Friday without contextualizing the use of the phrase "the Jews" which litters the text.

Scattered and Divided: Purim Lessons

Baila Olidort | Posted 03.23.2016 | Religion
Baila Olidort

When we are motivated by a love for the transcendent values of God, Torah and the Jewish people, our differences bolster us in the face of assault. But there is no such love among Jewish activists who work to punish and demonize Israel on the world stage as our enemies look on gleefully.

Purim 2016: Dates, History, And Traditions Of The Festive Jewish Celebration

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.22.2016 | Religion

Purim is a spring holiday that commemorates the Jewish community’s narrow escape from collective destruction in the ancient Persian Empire. The word...

Easter and Esther: Tales of Violence and Hope

Michelle M Hamilton | Posted 03.22.2017 | Religion
Michelle M Hamilton

Purim is upon us and this year (2016) it falls during the Christian Holy Week. In some ways these two holidays could not seem more different.

A Presidential Purim Parody

Barbara Lerman-Golomb | Posted 03.19.2017 | Religion
Barbara Lerman-Golomb

In the midst of this volatile election season, allow me to present a Purim parody featuring the brave Esther/Hillary, the righteous Mordecai/Bernie and their divisive opponent, Haman/Donald.​

We Must Rise Above The Politics of Hate

Rabbi Ben Greenberg | Posted 03.19.2017 | Politics
Rabbi Ben Greenberg

I have a secret to share: Your political affiliation does not define your character as a person. David Brooks, the New York Times columnist, recently ...

A Modern Response to Terrorism

madeline gelfand | Posted 11.29.2016 | College
madeline gelfand

It has been a trying month for the world and for Israel. We've seen countless terror attacks in the past few weeks, most prominently the terror attack...

Why the Purim Story Gives Me Hope That Our Nation Can Make Black Lives Matter

Yavilah McCoy | Posted 05.13.2015 | Religion
Yavilah McCoy

As an African-American Jewish woman, I endeavor to see the hand of God in all things. How else do I and my people, both of them, come to be standing here, still whole, after all that has been done to erase and diminish our existence on this earth?

Purim Is No Celebration

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 05.09.2015 | Religion
Stephen D. Smith

Turning ghouls into a street party to ward away our nightmares or playing up lethal anti-Semites to downplay our real fears is all in the human spirit. So why do we dress up and have fun on days that represent evil? To confront it or hide from it?

Daily Meditation: Purim

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.05.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

The Purim Story Is a Warning, Not a Justification

Naomi Dann | Posted 05.04.2015 | Religion
Naomi Dann

For Netanyahu, the story of Purim, which comes from the Book of Esther, was a story about Jewish survival in the face of intended annihilation. But he forgot to finish the story.

Meet the Purim Cast to Understand What's Happening in Our World Today (Best Screenplay Award Goes to God)

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 05.04.2015 | Religion
Dr. Michael Laitman

Purim is a great drama. It is also a symbol of what our world can be when we abolish the disunity between us. As then, so now, it has to start from the Jews. "Love your neighbor as yourself" was given to us first.

How My Daughter Taught Me the Meaning of Purim

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 05.03.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

For Hannah -- and for many young children -- the point of hide and seek is to be found. Over time, however, we start to get lost. We hide from ourselves. We hide from what we know is right. We start to hide from God.

Purim 2015: History And Traditions

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Religion Editors | Posted 03.05.2015 | Religion

Purim is a spring holiday that commemorates the Jewish community's narrow escape from collective destruction in the ancient Persian Empire. The word i...

Friends in High Places: The Jewish Story of Purim

Tamar Frankiel, Ph.D. | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion
Tamar Frankiel, Ph.D.

The story as handed down appears in the biblical Book of Esther. The setting was ancient Persia, probably 2400 years ago. The Jewish minority was well assimilated, but viciously hated by some, including a powerful minister of state named Haman.

The Meaning of Purim in the Winter of 2015

Rabbi Steven C. Wernick | Posted 04.29.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Steven C. Wernick

It is against the backdrop of this very troubled time that the holiday of Purim approaches... and with it, the important message: Do not lose hope for you have been here before.

On Remembering Amalek

Ron Kronish | Posted 04.28.2015 | Religion
Ron Kronish

The holiday of Purim can lead also to hatred and vengeance. When I was young and grew up in a Reform Jewish congregation, we never read the whole book of Esther, so I never got to the back of the book.

Epic March Rap Up

Susie Sampson | Posted 06.01.2014 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

There's no better way to recap March 2014 than with a RAP! Ukraine, Malaysia flight #MH370, Obamacare, Selfies, St. Patricks Day, Kissing Strangers, C...

Expanding the Concept, and Reality, of Jewish Community

Jerry Silverman | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion
Jerry Silverman

This piece originally appeared in New York Jewish Week. Nate couldn't decide what he wanted to be for Purim -- follow his heart and dress as an alien...

Lanterns, Wild Flowers And Purim Revelry: Week In Photos

Posted 03.22.2014 | Home

Nothing quite compares to the power of a photograph to communicate the goings on in the world. Ranging from the serious to the silly, these photos off...

Top 10 Tech Tips Learned From the Book of Esther

Rabbi Laura Baum | Posted 05.17.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Baum

In today's world, holiday celebration is usually juxtaposed with whatever else is going on at the time. I couldn't help, but reflect on Purim in the context of technology, and I discovered that the Book of Esther is full of helpful tech tips!