What is its origin? When did it begin? Why did many Jews scorn it – and is the underlying tale of love, murder and betrayal true?
Purim (“lots”), described in the biblical Book of Esther, marks the salvation of ancient Persian Jews from a plot to wipe them out. The story transpired in Shushan, the walled capital city of Persia, where, according to the scroll, the plot was only fully foiled on the 15th day of Adar. The scroll describes how Esther, a Jewish orphan, became queen to King Ahasuerus, and was thus in a position to foil the schemes of Haman, the evil vizier who planned the genocide. She was alerted to the plot by Mordechai, her uncle, was evidently on the king’s council.
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The heroes of Purim stood proudly as Jews. They worked with the non-Jews around them, especially those in power, and together they defeated those who conspired against them.
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This traditional filling is tasty in more than just hamantaschen: Try these recipes for poppy seed-apple cake, or poppy seed-chocolate rugelach.
Hamantaschen filled with eggplant, cheeses and herbs make a wonderful Purim appetizer.
Kids and adults, citizens and asylum-seekers, dress up and take to the streets to celebrate the salvation of Jews in ancient Persia from a plot to kill them.
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'Powder Purim' marked the marvel of how Rabbi Abraham Danzig and his family survived the blast that killed 31.
The custom of giving 'mishloah manot' makes Purim a good time to consider our obligation as Jews to specifically help others – but not just any others.
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Serve this vegetarian dish as part of your Purim meal, or anytime.
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When Stalin publicly 'disclosed' a plot, part of a vast conspiracy, led by Jews working for the United States, to kill him and destroy the Soviet Union, he followed up by building four giant prison camps for the USSR’s Jews. Only Purim stopped him.
Crunchy but thin dough, with and without poppy-seeds, traditional classics and innovative new fillings - the best of the bunch.
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A festive meal is a mitzvah on Purim. Let these dishes keep you in the holiday spirit.
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Purim treats with a variety of tasty fillings? We're all ears.
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Scholars have long believed these satirical performances originated in a poem from the 1500s, but a careful reading of the Talmud reveals a spiel that extends far further back in history than that.