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Purim: (lit. "lots"), the holiday that commemorates the Jews' salvation from Haman's plot to annihilate them.
March 23-24, 2016
Purim celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from the wicked Haman in the days of Queen Esther of Persia.
The Fun Holiday
Purim is the jolliest, most action-packed day of the Jewish year. 2400 years ago, Haman ordered genocide of the Jews. His plan was thwarted by Esther and Mordechai—and we celebrate!
The Persian empire extended over 127 lands, and all the Jews were its subjects . . . Thus starts the miraculous-yet-natural story of Purim . . .
Purim is observed each year on the 14th of Adar, celebrating the deliverance of the Jewish people from the wicked Haman in the days of Queen Esther of Persia, as described in the book of Esther.
Contemporary Halachah and Shulchan Aruch
Laws of Purim and Its Special Mitzvahs
Purim’s Powerful Message
Queen Esther’s Radical Diplomacy
Despite being prized for her beauty, Queen Esther chose to appear before the king after a long and difficult fast. Why? Because she realized that the most important things are the ones that cannot be seen.
Contemporary Halachah from Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Purim in Halachah
Awe, Snap!
Purim Mini-Chassidim
Some mini-chassidim give an entertaining lesson in Purim observance. (Produced by Adam Nesenoff)
The Holiday of Purim
The Purim Lottery
The festival of Purim is named after the lots that the wicked Haman casted to determine the “best” date to carry out his evil scheme. In the end, however, the date proved to be propitious for the Jews. What is the connection between a lottery and Jewish s...
Purim and the Letter “Mem”
The four special mitzvahs of Purim all start with the letter “mem”: 1) Megillah, 2) Mishloach manot (sending food gifts to friends), 3) Matanot la’evyonim (charity to the poor), and 4) Mishteh (a festive meal). What is the deeper significance of this conn...
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