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Charity And Compassion: A Purim Lesson In Giving

Gavriel Brown | Posted 05.06.2012 | Religion
Gavriel Brown

One of the major mitzvot of Purim is giving gifts to the poor. We must respond to poverty through solidarity, identification, understanding and kindheartedness. But never through shame.

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.

Seriously Celebrating

Joshua Schwartz | Posted 05.06.2012 | Religion
Joshua Schwartz

Taking Purim seriously is the commitment to take the contours of our lives seriously, even its extremes, perhaps especially in such cases.

Taking Off The Mask For Purim

Chaim Levin | Posted 05.05.2012 | Religion
Chaim Levin

This year's Purim marks three years since I started my incredible journey of coming out. Until three years ago I struggled in isolation with my identity as a gay man and an Orthodox Jew.

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.

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...

Stage Door: Don't Cry for Me, Ahasuerus

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.01.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

"The narrative structure of the Jewish holidays and the narrative structure of the classic Broadway musical are the same. They both almost always feature a larger-that-life character up against insurmountable odds."

6 Insane Holidays You'll Wish You Celebrated | David Moye | Posted 09.25.2011 | Weird News

In America, a holiday amounts to little more than a day off from work and a few quiet beers. It turns out that we're really dropping the ball when ...

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.

Purim 2011: What You Need To Know

Posted 05.25.2011 | 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...

What If Jews Knew That Americans Love Them?

Rabbi Justus N. Baird | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Justus N. Baird

American culture had definitively shifted away from the old stereotypes. Jews are no longer the Other. We are not strangers in a strange land.

The Secret Blessing Of The Hebrew Calendar's Extra Adar

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

With love, laughter, and longing for the day when the Hidden will be fully Revealed to all the world.

The Price of Vanity

Ronen Bergman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ronen Bergman

In the eyes of the Israeli public, the men and women who serve in Israel's most secretive intelligence units can do no wrong. The embarrassing Dubai scandal did nothing to change that notion.

Confessions of a Pro-Israel Obama Supporter

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Gellman

Obama's no Haman. He's made it clear from the outset that he'd like to be a force in bringing about the two-state solution for Israel to remain a Jewish democracy for longer than a few years.

Purim and the End of "Don't Ask Don't Tell"

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

The Purim story has a special resonance this year: The Book of Esther marks civilization's first recorded repudiation of "Don't Ask Don't Tell."

Spring Holidays Around The World (SLIDESHOW)

Huffington Post | Jessica Gusman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

For many, the coming of spring marks the coming of the holiday season. Around the world people of many religions, cultures and nations gather this se...

Cheers, Hamantashen And Shots All Around: Happy Purim!

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Cathleen Falsani

When is it appropriate -- and even encouraged -- to show up at your house of worship in full costume, make all kinds of racket, and even get really snockered?

Purim 101

Sarah Newman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sarah Newman

There's a common refrain that sums up the broad themes of many Jewish holidays: "They tried to kill us, we survived, let's eat.

Somali Pirates Take Break for Jewish Holidays

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Borowitz

Somaili pirates who stunned the world by seizing a Ukrainian ship announced today that they would take a brief hiatus from terrorizing the high seas out of respect for the Jewish holidays.

Breaking: Daily Show Has Jewish Writers!

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Get your Vashti outfits ready! Purim is upon us and since this is a media column, and since the Jews, er, "participate in" the media, it becomes relev...