Purim

President Endorses Gay Synagogues

02/21/2013

President Baruch O. Bauma, head of The White House Synagogue (commonly known as The White Shul) in downtown Washington, D.C., announced today that he was in favor of gays and lesbians in his congregation being granted the same rights currently enjoyed by all other members.

Brooklyn Named Holiest Jewish City

02/21/2013

BROOKLYN—For the first time in recent history, the borough of Brooklyn, New York, has surpassed Jerusalem, Israel, as “The Holiest Jewish City on Earth,” according to the World Jewish Federation.

Behind The Mask -- God's Presence

During the merry celebration of Purim this upcoming Saturday night and Sunday, children and even adults will wear masks and costumes.  Masks echo the theme of concealment in the Purim story itself, which we will read in the Scroll of Esther.

Rabbi Michael Levy

Persia, Then And Now

03/14/2014
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With the imminent advent of Purim and our annual encounter with Haman and the forces of evil, we are, yet again, brought into uncomfortably close contact with the darker side of Jewish history. 

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

After The Party, Racial Profiling

On Purim, it happened to me, writes the author. It happens to us.

03/12/2014
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Editor's Note: We are reposting this column in response to renewed reader interest in it after the shooting by police of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, in Ferguson, MO.

Just like now, it was Purim. 2008. A young Jewish man was coming home from a Purim party in New Jersey. As designated driver, he hadn’t been drinking.

Jared Jackson

The Definitive NYC Hamantaschen Guide

Where to buy the tri-cornered treats this Purim.

03/12/2014
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It’s that time of year again, folks: Purim! And for most children—and quite a few adults, too—the star of this holiday is the humble tri-cornered hamantaschen. In an ideal world, all hamantaschen would have a crisp, not-too-sweet crust filled with a generous amount of soft filling, but let’s face it: all too often, bakeries around town churn out dry, crumbly cookies with only the barest hint of prune, poppy or apricot inside.

The Definitive NYC Hamantaschen Guide

Drinking On Purim Is No Laughing Matter

03/11/2014
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This year’s trending Purim parody topic is the recent legalization of marijuana in Colorado. President Obama’s recent public admission about getting high will no doubt fan these flames. And when there’s fire, there’s smoke. There will be, no doubt, lots of non-medicinal smoking going on, in and out of Colorado, this Purim.

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Purim Resources

Editors Note: Gateways in Boston offers programs and services to children with special needs and educational challenges in Greater Boston's Jewish day schools, congregational and community supplemental schools and Jewish preschools, as well as Gateways’ own Sunday school, B'nei Mitzvah preparation program and teen youth group. They also share free, downloadable resources. Here we are highlighting their Purim resources for children with special learning needs.

Cakes and Miracles: a beautiful story about a boy who is blind, and an amazingly talented baker. Via matankids.org

Sparkle Up Your Purim

In praise of the Champagne-like, yet affordable, Cava.

03/04/2014
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When it comes to victory celebrations, the ubiquitous wine of choice is Champagne, that almost magical sparkler from Northern France. At sporting events, winners drink Champagne from trophies. Ship captains launch their vessels by smashing a bottle on the prow. In military messes, officers have long quaffed the bubbly to celebrate victories old, new and not yet won.

Cava is just as festive — but much less expensive — than kosher champagne. Courtesy of Freixenet

Klezmer Score Soars In ‘Megile’

Dov Seltzer’s music lifts Folksbiene’s inventive romp of a play sky high.

05/07/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Subtlety was never a hallmark of the Yiddish theater. Born of the intensity of diasporic Jewish life, it was bold, brash and in-your-face, built on an unstable, unpredictable mix of comedy, music, dance and drama.

Scenes from the rollicking “Megile of Itzik Manger,” with Stephen Mo Hannan and Stacey Harris, . Photos by Crystal Arnette
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