Purim

New Jewish Children's Book Features Gay Parents

01/31/2013
Associate Editor

Don’t expect any tired stereotypes of Jewish mothers in “The Purim Superhero,” a children’s picture book just out from Kar-Ben Publishers.

'The author of 'The Purim Superhero' says Purim is all about being who you are. Photo courtesy Keshet

“Have We Met Yet?” The Power of Casual Conversation for Organizational Engagement

11/28/2012

Although I didn’t meet my friend Amy until we were both adults, it feels like we’ve known each other forever. In fact, we have a surprising amount in common. 

Deborah Grayson Riegel

Reality Shows, Purim & The Feminist Rebbe

Perhaps because blogging, Facebook and Twitter more than satisfy my own need for exhibitionism and fame, I don’t quite understand why anyone would want to be on a reality show.

What Would Mordechai Do?

At AIPAC, assessing the Obama-Bibi standoff on the eve of Purim.

03/06/2012
Editor And Publisher

Washington — The timing this week was hard to ignore. A do-or-die confrontation over Iran between two influential leaders, with the fate of the Jewish people at stake.

I’m not just referring to the Obama-Netanyahu showdown at the White House on when and whether to strike at Tehran’s nuclear sites, but to an encounter centuries ago between Queen Esther and King Ahasveros in ancient Persia — today’s Iran — and her plea that he reverse the wicked Haman’s death sentence for the Jewish population.

Gary Rosenblatt

Purim: The Importance of Democracy

03/05/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

One year ago, Libyan dictator Muammar Kaddafy’s troops were marching toward Benghazi, the unofficial capital of the Libyan rebels. Kaddafy was calling the rebels “rats,” and a 10,000-person massacre seemed inevitable. But on Purim itself, in Libya (historically part of the Persian Empire), NATO made the decision to intervene, saving the pro-democracy rebels. “Nahafoch hu”—the opposite of the tyrant’s plan occurred. Fortunately, Purim has been a bad time for tyrants in modern as well as ancient times.

Rabbi Yanklowitz is founder and president of Uri L'Tzedek, director of Jewish life and senior Jewish educator at UCLA Hillel.

And The Intermarried Jewish Woman Award Goes To ... Esther!

Apologies for the infrequent attendance here in blogland. I was on a reporting trip in Florida last week, and am still catching up on things. Plus, I managed to get drafted (OK, I recklessly volunteered) to chair my temple’s Purim carnival, which, as you can imagine, consumes just a fair amount of time.

Speaking of Purim, I believe The Book of Esther is the only Bible story in which a) a Jewish woman intermarries and b) the intermarriage actually directly benefits the larger Jewish community, since Esther is able to use her standing with the king to rescue her people.

Filling Up On Hamantashen

02/28/2012
Staff Writer

World competitive eating champion Takeru Kobayashi has won awards for downing copious amounts of hot dogs, meatballs, Twinkies, hamburgers and pasta.

Last week, with Purim coming up, he tried his hand at hamantashen.

Actually, both hands.

Photos By Yeshiva University

Interfaith Purim

I’m sorry for not being a more frequent blogger. I know there is a dearth of reading material and information out there on the Internet and that, without my little nuggets of wisdom, my millions (heh heh) of disappointed fans will have no choice but to play Lexulous, watch Glenn Beck, assuming that he has not yet left Fox, or actually get back to work.

I hope you managed to have a nice Purim without me.

NEFCA 7th Annual Broadway Purim Shpiel

The Jewish Week's Aaron Herman attends the 7th Annual Broadway Purim Shpiel at the Hudson Theater in NYC, benefitting the Birthright Israel Foundation. Hosted by Gilbert Gottfried the night was full of talented artists such ad Nick Adams,Kelli Barrett, Curtis Holbrook,Garrett Long,J.Elaine Marcos,Anne Nathan,Dave Attel,Kevin Earley,Mitchell Jarvis,Patti Murin and Rachel Potter.

The Masks We All Wear: Remembering Japan this Purim

03/18/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Okay, I have a secret to tell you. But you have to promise to keep it a secret. Promise? Well, then, here goes: I’m a “theater person.” Yep, it’s true. I have a big background in theater, drama, musical theater, sketch comedy, and improvisation. Yes, that means I speak in silly voices and accents sometimes. And, yes, hopefully it does make my sermons at least a little more engaging. I’ve noticed that there are many fascinating similarities between the theater world and the rabbinate, but I suppose those observations will have to wait for another column.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows
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