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Purim Stories

A selection of heart-warming Purim stories from throughout the ages.

Purim in Nazi Hell
It was Purim eve, but what was there for us to celebrate in the German concentration camp of Gross-Rosen?
When the Purim Jester Was Sad
Grief enveloped the poor man, and he seemed to drag his feet wherever he went.
Purim in Petrograd, 1917
Rabbi Shalom DovBer of Lubavitch and the Russian Revolution
In the face of tyranny and upheaval, Judaism’s future always remained the Rebbe's foremost concern.
As the Wheel Turns
A Purim story that could have been
As the young man became richer, his commitment to his business became greater and greater, until it became the entire focus of his life.
Purim in Moscow, 1946
World War II had finally come to an end. My family was back from Siberia, where we had spent most of the war years . . .
The Gragger
Suddenly, there was an awful noise. The name of Haman had been read, and little Yaakov was swinging his gragger with all his might. Everyone became very frightened. One man wanted to take the gragger away from him...
In an Instant
In the course of the investigation, the king discovered that he was a descendant of Haman, the son of Hamdatha the chief minister of King Ahasuerus in Shushan, the capital of ancient Persia and Medea...
Mishloach Manot for Howard the Hermit
“This year we’re not going to allow even one mishloach manot (food gift) in the house,” Shira announced as Purim approached.
A Life-Changing Purim
There I was again, in the familiar corridor at the Bikur Cholim hospital in Jerusalem. But this time I had two healthy children at home, which gave me hope that maybe, just maybe, there would be good news...
A Purim Secret
After completing the circumcision, as he dipped his finger in the wine to place a drop in the baby’s mouth, the Chatam Sofer called out: “When wine goes in, secrets come out.” Seventy years were to pass before the significance of the great sage’s words would be revealed.
Angels and Signs
“Yisrael! We have good news and bad news. Bad news: we’re way out of our four-block radius. Good news: we’re five minutes away from the one house that we were not planning on going to!”
Purim Saddam
400 apartments housing 1,200 people were destroyed or damaged. Tel Aviv hospitals were prepared to handle mass casualties
The Purim Song
Suddenly, the rebbe gave an order to turn around and stop at the inn. His students were surprised. What could they possibly do in the company of drunken peasants?
“Me, too,” I lied. “It’s . . . indecipherable.” I had seen that word the day before in a copy of Time magazine lying around the house, and decided that it sounded as glamorous as any other.
All She Remembered Was Her Name
“Listen to me, Mrs. Rosenberg,” her heavy face was flushed with excitement. “Let me take her. Why should she die, the innocent babe? I will care for her as if she was my own. I never had children, you know. Give her to me . . .”
Southern Lebanon: A Purim that Almost Wasn’t Purim
This year there was no Megillah scroll available to be read. There were some occasional loud noises, but they did not come from kids cranking noisemakers. There was no music to dance to, and nobody was really in the mood to dance....
The Shpoler Zeide’s Purim Play
"I’ll make you a deal," said the Rebbe. "I know a certain girl who is soon to get married and she still needs 300 rubles."
When the Chassidic Rebbe Danced with the Antisemites
The peasants were by this time a little drunk and had begun to curse the Jews.
The Five-Ruble Reading
The simple folk were shocked at this enormous amount, as the entire community’s donations didn’t even add up to one ruble.
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