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Purim 2013

Purim, Queen Esther And Women Praying At The Western Wall

Rabbi Susan Silverman | Posted 04.25.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Susan Silverman

We end public readings of the Scroll of Esther with a blessing. "Blessed are you, God, who takes up our grievance, judges our claim and avenges the wrongs against us. You bring retribution on our enemies and vengeance on our foes." It's a tragedy when those we have in mind are other Jews.

Why I Like Purim as a Queer, Secular Jew

Josh A. Goodman | Posted 04.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Josh A. Goodman

Being queer and being Jewish aren't the same, but Esther's courageous decision to reveal a part of her identity, despite the fact that it may not be well-received, is something many LGBTQ people can relate to.

The Inverted Soul Of Purim And The Puppet Theater

Michelle Bentsman | Posted 04.24.2013 | Religion
Michelle Bentsman

Purim is the consummate Jewish carnival, and puppetry -- very much at home in the carnival -- is often considered a lowly art, if an art at all. So what can we make of lowly behavior, lowly art and inverted souls?

Purim: A Tale Of Women’s Empowerment

Deborah Rosenbloom | Posted 04.24.2013 | Religion
Deborah Rosenbloom

When it comes to the Bible, it's easy to fall back on standard interpretations year after year, but when we examine a multifaceted story such as Esther's through a modern lens, we see the many ways the story resonates in contemporary life.

Purim: How To Get Drunk On God

Eitan Press | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Eitan Press

Purim is a radical embrace of the uncontrollable nature of life, celebrating the concealment of God through wearing masks, and the confusion of life through intoxication. With faith in the Divine, we go through chaos and transcend into something higher, into a place of Oneness.

Heeding The Call: Purim And Developing A Sense Of Hearing In Life

Rabbi Pinchas Allouche | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Pinchas Allouche

We ought to never become oblivious to all that which life has to offer. And we ought to remember that the blessings of life emerge precisely when we learn to synchronize what we want from life with what life wants from us. Herein lies the secret to a life of purpose and meaningful achievements.

Throw A Purim Party For Lent!

Jack Levison | Posted 04.22.2013 | Religion
Jack Levison

I make sure my students end just about every week of term by celebrating a Jewish holiday. We're mostly Protestants, so we're not so good at it; but we have fun, and we learn about Jewish history -- our shared history -- by laughing, eating, dancing and praying, sometimes in botched Hebrew.

Turn It, Turn It, Turn It Upside Down: Liberating The Western Wall Again

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 04.22.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

In a month where the predictable has vied with the unprecedented, may we be truly surprised by the reversal of policies of intolerance, and the respect for each others' own practices, beliefs and doubts.

Who Was That Masked Man?

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 04.22.2013 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Think that Yom Kippur is the holiest day on the Jewish calendar? Guess again....

Is Purim The Jewish Halloween?

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Debby Levitt's four children are dressing up big time for Purim, one of the more raucous of Jewish holidays, which begins on Saturday...

Ask Not What God Can Do for You

Ebn Leader | Posted 04.21.2013 | Religion
Ebn Leader

Most often in our culture God is the address for requests, for the expectation that something that I cannot control will be taken care of by a Higher or Greater Power. What if, in the spirit of Purim and our Torah reading, we adapt JFK's famous statement and ask not what God can do for you, but what you can do for God?

Presidents Day and Purim

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 04.19.2013 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Presidents Day rarely falls in the same week as Purim, and it won't again for almost 40 years (in 2051 -- take my word for it). But these two seemingly disparate holidays have much in common.