Purim

people chanting from colorful megillah

Is Purim about the hidden and the revealed? About the solemn task of using power wisely? About communal celebration? About the rights of Jews and of women? A deadly serious grown-up holiday, or a fun and frivolous day of festivities for children? Purim is all of these. While costumes bring a light note to our reading of the Megillah (Scroll of Esther), our gifts to the poor and to each other echo the themes of community and mutual responsibility. On Purim, we hear the story of Esther, participate in a festival meal (se’udat mitzvah), give tzedakah, and give gifts to friends (mishloah manot). Drowning out Haman’s name is now joined by waving Esther and Vashti flags, to call attention to these women’s complex and important roles in the Purim tale.

 

What would Queen Esther say?

by Rabbi Roni Handler
This year Purim falls on International Women's Day. What would our Purim heroines think about the rights and roles of women in today's world?   more
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Are We Having Fun Yet?

by Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D.
Over the last several years my relationship to Purim has changed. I have come to appreciate the invitation to simply be happy and to play with convention in a contained and bounded way.   more
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Unmasking Esther: A Woman's Celebration

A copy of the point-counterpoint reading Ma'yan used in its first Purim celebration. The text includes selections from the Megillah, commentary by Susan Schnur, five songs by Liz Swados, an appeal for women living under the Taliban, and the unrolling of a scroll with stories of how women celebrate Purim in 127 countries.   more
Complete Ceremony

Vigil for Agunot: Ta'anit Esther

By Norma Josephs
Esther fasted and asked all the people to join her in her fast before she approached the king. Norma Josephs suggest we use Esther's fast as an opportunity to collectively protest the injustice done to women unable to obtain a Jewish divorce (get).   more
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Tags: agunah, Esther

Transforming Purim

By Erika Katske
A guide to planning a women's Purim program using text study, art, and activism to celebrate Purim in new ways   more
Complete Ceremony

Tags: text study

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