Purim

Drinking On Purim Is No Laughing Matter

03/11/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

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
Special To The Jewish Week

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

Crowning Lena Dunham

Esther as Eloise?  Makes sense when Lena Dunham channels the parentless and precocious Eloise - “I am Lena and I am six” -- for a modern retelling of the Purim spiel.

Lena Dunham. Photo by Matthew Carasella/The Jewish Museum

Exclusionary Purim Party Prompts New Policy

Earlier this week, "The New Normal" reported on a Purim party put on by Boston Workman’s Circle which warned wheelchair users against participating.

Ari Ne'eman

Hikind Hijinks Test His Political Influence

Purim costume causes race flap; showed lack of sensitivity, colleagues say.

02/27/2013
Assistant Managing Editor

Faced with an embarrassing scandal that might make him “radioactive” — in the words of one consultant — to candidates, Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind’s political clout could face a major test in the current political season.

This photo of Dov Hikind, posted on Facebook by his son, caused an uproar. Via Facebook

Hikind Under Fire For Dressing As Black Basketball Player On Purim

02/26/2013
Assistant Managing Editor

Facing a torrent of criticism from other politicians for his choice of Purim costume, Assemblyman Dov Hikind of Brooklyn on Monday insisted that coloring his skin and wearing an afro wig to look like a black basketball player should not be taken as offensive.

Hikind hijinks: Assemblyman's costume causes racial flap.

Women To Build Their Own Wall

02/21/2013

 

Fed up with conflict over how women can worship at the Western Wall, a group of Jewish feminists has begun reconstruction of the Eastern Wall, where they expect to be able to do as they please, thank you very much.

Purim Spiel: Social Justice, Burlesque And The Whole Megillah

It all started when the puppeteer Randy Ginsburg went to Bali at the age of 22 and his orthodox Jewish friends expressed fears that he would worship pagan gods.

 From The Whole Megillah. Photo courtesy Randy Ginsburg
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