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Jewish Holidays:  Hagadda for Purim

This Haggadah follows the Book of Esther and highlights the many themes, customs and mitzvot associated with the festival. You can follow it as 'seder' with 4 cups of wine for four themes, with a breaj for the feast, or just use it as a resource. The choice is up to you. Interdispersed throughout this guide are topics for discussion, ideas for celebrating the festival, comments and commentaries for Jewish and Zionist sources, songs, stories and much more. [Full article...]
By: Jeremy Aron
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A Purim Perspective:  The Indignities of Diaspora

This article, provided by Ta Shma, is part of a series of articles discussing the topic of Purim and assimilation from different religious perspectives. [Full article...]
By: Joel Levy
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Purim and Assimilation:  The Masks We Wear

This article, provided by Ta Shma, is part of a series of articles discussing the topic of Purim and assimilation from different religious perspectives. [Full article...]
By: Jay Moses
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Events and Activities Ideas:  Purim - February 26 2002

Purim is the Jewish holiday that celebrates the miraculous salvation of the Jews recorded in the Book of Esther during the period of the Babylonian exile. As the Book of Esther tells us, King Achashveirosh had an advisor, Haman, who plotted to kill the Jews. His plans were foiled by the efforts of the righteous Mordechai and Esther. [Full article...]
By: 12th House 
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The names from the Purim story:  Alegorical Meanings of The Names of The Megilla Characters

The alogorical meanings of the names in The megillah of Esther gives us a deeper insight and perhaps a new angle to the story. [Full article...]
By: Eliezer May
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Jewish Holidays:  Purim

In this brief but detailed note, Jaime Barylke takes us on a fascinating journey through the world of Purim, one of the most interesting of all Jewish festivals. Multiple contents abound. [Full article...]
By: Yerahmiel Barylka
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Personal Perspectives on Jewish Holidays:  Purim

Artie Fischer takes us on a journey of ambivalence, when he explores new perspectives of the Jewish holiday of Purim. He does not gives us any cut-and-dried answers to complex questions. On the other hand, by delving into the ambiguity-light and sorrow, death and triumph, self-affirmation and concealment, which characterize this ancient holiday, Artie underscores the relevance of those far-away events in the Persian empire. As always, the Jewish calendar cycle strikes an intensely personal note with its myriad worshippers. [Full article...]
By: Artie Fischer
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How to celebrate Purim:  Purim For Everyone!!!

Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow is the beginning of tax season - and it won't be deductible - is not exactly a Jewish phenomenon. Yet for some strange reason we are commanded to be happy. "Hey!" calls out a voice (suspiciously like James Earl Jones), "I'm God. Now hear your next commandment - Don't worry be happy." A bit far out... [Full article...]
By: Eli Birnbaum
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The days of Adar:  Other Purims

"Therefore do the Jews of the villages, that dwell in the unwalled towns, make the 14th day of the month of Adar a day of gladness and feasting, and a holiday, and of sending portions to one another" (Esther 9:19) [Full article...]
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Jewish Holidays and Its Traditions:  Two Ideas For Group/Seminar Discussion on Purim

From the book "Humor and Coincidence" a curriculum model for teaching the Jewish Holidays. Experimental Edition. Sponsored by the Joint Program for Jewish Education, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Melton Center, and the World Zionist Organization, Department for Education and Culture in the Diaspora. [Full article...]
By: Steve Copeland
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Did you ever notice that on both holidays we spin something with our hands? :  Purim - A Spin-Off of Hannukah

It is usually easy for us to divide the world into two halves: The good and evil, spiritual and material, Huntley and Brinkley, Mickey and Minnie, ketchup and mustard... I get carried away with myself sometimes. [Full article...]
By: Eli Birnbaum
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:  Psychobabble: An Analysis of The Megilla Characters

Well, that's not exactly how the commandment goes, but the idea is there. So year in and year out, we listen to the story - the same exact story, over and over. Each time we read it, we remember: As desperate as the situation is for Esther, Mordechai, and the Jews of their generation, the story ALWAYS closes once again with a happy ending. [Full article...]
By: Robin Treistman
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:  How To Purim

Read the Megilla, eat, drink, sing, drink, discuss or playact Purim story, drink, read Megilla again, drink, give money to the poor, drink, eat, drink, give Mishloach Manot, drink, eat, drink, sing, drink, sleep, wake up with Excedrin Headache #6. [Full article...]
By: Robin Treistman
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Happy Purim!:  IWD - Intoxicated While Dbasing

"Eat drink and be merry for tomorrow is Monday" is not exactly a Jewish concept, but this is one holiday where we are told go out and get smashed. Many reasons are given. One relates to the message that you are to let yourself go totally, showing trust in no one but God. Another reminds us that during the Feast of Ahasuerus many Jews took part, getting plastered with all that followed. [Full article...]
By: Eli Birnbaum
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