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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.

 

Soundtracks for Purim: Part Deux

by Rabbis Joshua Boettiger and Benjamin Weiner
What music might best serve as a soundtrack to this year’s Purim experience? Join our humorous debate! In the spirit of Purim, Ritualwell is pleased to post the following dialogue...  more
Blog Post | March 8, 2012

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? Thousands of years ago our mythic Queen Esther entered...  more
Blog Post | March 6, 2012

Soundtracks for Purim: Debussy vs. Engelbert Humperdinck

by Rabbis Joshua Boettiger and Benjamin Weiner
What music might best serve as a soundtrack to this year’s Purim experience? Join our humorous debate! In the spirit of Purim, Ritualwell is pleased to post the following dialogue between Rabbi...  more
Blog Post | March 1, 2012

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. Purim used...  more
Blog Post | February 27, 2012

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
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