The Book of Esther is unusual in one respect. It is the only one of 24 books of the Hebrew Bible that does not contain the name of God. This has been traditionally explained as connected to the idea of “hester panim,” the hidden face of God.Read more
Brush up on the basics of this holiday of reversals.
A special festive meal, called Seudat Purim, is eaten on Purim afternoon.
Feasting and gladness, gift-giving and charity, revelry and imbibing.
The plot and themes of "the whole Megillah."
At its core, Purim grapples with deep and even troubling themes.
The most well-known pastry is associated with the villain of the story.
A recipe for triangular Purim cookies.
A recipe for a vegetarian hors d'oeuvre or side dish.
Eat, drink, and be merry is not without controversy.
A lighthearted look at the source of the obligation to get drunk on the holiday.
Traditions & Rituals
It is customary to send packages of food to friends on Purim.
The fast that precedes the holiday of Purim.
Listeners are invited to participate.
Creative ways that fulfill the religious obligation to have fun.
Instructions for constructing a Purim noisemaker.
Although it provides the blueprint for the festival of Purim, the origins of the Book of Esther remain obscure.
There are many unique aspects to this biblical book.
A variety of theories about how the holiday developed.
In this case, where means when.
A serious lesson about fighting evil.