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Purim Videos

Watch how a real megilah is written by an expert scribe, experience the excitement of baking hamantaschen and enjoy an exciting performance of a reenactment of the Purim story

23 Videos
Talks by the Lubavitcher Rebbe on different themes of the Purim holiday.
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A whimsical retelling of the events surrounding the Purim miracle – as it would have been reported by newscasters reporting from the Iron-Age.
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The Festival of Joy
The story, the customs and the fun!
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Purim’s Powerful Message
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.
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Jono talks about the miracle of Jewish survival and the four special mitzvot of Purim.
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Purim is super-Kabbalistic. After all, Purim is all about disguise, secrets and intrigue. And there’s no greater secret than who you really are. Actually, there is. It’s the secret of who is Feivel.
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A Judaism-related comedy show spectacular!
The holiday of Purim in the eyes of Rabbi Kadoozy, Jono and friends.
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The Purim Food Basket
One of the four Purim observances is ‘mishloach manot’, sending a friend a food gifts. Here is how it’s done.
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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 connection?
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Visit a kosher bakery just before Purim as thousands of hamantashen—the preferred Purim treat—are prepared, and see what goes into making these delectable delights.
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A Musical Journey Through the Story of Purim
Join the fun as we sing and dance our way through the holiday of Purim.
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Experience the entire story of Purim in this interactive narrated slideshow that takes you through the story as it is written in the Megillah
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The lesson of Purim is that we can discover G-d in the hidden miracles of everyday life.
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The Holiday of Purim
Mordechai’s and Esther’s different roles in the Purim story, and their influence on the way in which the megillah was ultimately written and canonized as part of the Bible.
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Studying the Book of Esther
Study the Purim story from its original text, the Book of Esther, together with the classic commentaries.
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Letters and Numbers of the Festivals—Purim
What is the difference between Purim, which is celebrated on the 14th day of the month, and Passover and Sukkot which are celebrated on the 15th day of their respective months? The answer lies in the fact that the number fourteen in Hebrew is represented by the letters yud (10) and daled (4), which spell the word "yad" which means "hand."
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Matanot LaEvyonim
One of the four special mitzvot to observe on the day of Purim is giving gifts to the poor. Why is this practice termed "gifts" (matanot) to the poor and not "charity" (tzedakah) as we might expect?
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Animated Highlights of the Megillah
Portions of the scroll of Esther, read as it is read in the synagogue on Purim. Translated and explained in English. (This video contains highlights from the full-length version available from the producers, DiDan Studio.)
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Laws, Customs, Insights
Prepare for Purim with a quick overview of a) the practical laws (halacha) of Purim, b) the Megillah story, and c) insights into the deeper meaning of the holiday.
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Contrasting Three of the Purim Mitzvahs
This class deeply analyzes various passages where Maimonides describes the parameters for observing three of the special Purim mitzvahs: rejoicing at a feast, sending food gifts to friends, and giving monetary gifts to the poor. (Based on Likutei Sichos vol. 16, pp. 365-372)
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The Animated Purim Story
A virtuous heroine. A wicked villain. It’s the ancient, true story of Queen Esther, brought vividly to life in a delightfully educational way.
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The Holiday of Purim
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 survival?
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Awe, Snap!
Some mini-chassidim give an entertaining lesson in Purim observance. (Produced by Adam Nesenoff)
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Take an exciting trip back in time to the court of King Ahasuerus and his beautiful Jewish wife Queen Esther as you watch the dramatic story of the Jewish victory over Persian persecution.
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Intermediate Talmud: Tractate Megillah
In this intermediate level class you will learn to understand the unique give-and-take style of Talmudic debate and discussion. Text for this class is Chapter One of Tractate Megillah (folio 10b).
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Different megillah reading days for villagers and city dwellers
When the Jewish people as a whole dwelt in the Land of Israel, the reading of the Megillah (the Scroll of Esther) on Purim was not necessarily read on the same day for all Jews. In fact, depending on where one lived, there could be a disparity of up to four days between the respective readings. This class will explore the spiritual and mystical relevance of this phenomenon as it probes the layers of the heavens above and the soul below. (Based on the Maamar ‘Megillah Nikraas’ 5737)
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The megillah is called the Scroll of Esther, emphasizing her role in the miracle of Purim. Explore the special feminine connection to Purim on five levels of understanding.
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Where Haman hangs and Mordechai muses.
This class is a synopsis of the Chassidic discourse (maamar) the Rebbe delivered in the famous Purim farbrengen (gathering) of 1958. The maamar is based on the teaching of our Sages that when the wicked Haman erected the wooden gallows to hang Mordechai, G-d in Heaven declared that it would not come to pass, “For Abraham has already preceded you when he invited the angels to find shade under the tree”. The maamar traces the mystical history of Abraham’s tree and, as always, leaves us with novel and inspiring insight.
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A Purim Thought
Do you ever wonder why G-d doesn’t perform miracles nowadays? Ari Sacher is the system engineer for Israel’s Iron Dome. This is why he doesn't wonder.
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An in-depth exploration of how the mitzvah of Megillah applies to women
If woman are obligated to hear the Megillah, are they permitted to read it for other woman? Or possibly even for other men? A discussion of Jewish law, concluding with a chassidic thought on Purim.
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Inspiring Jewish Heroines
The story of Esther is hidden and obscure, which teaches us how to live with a constant awareness that G-d is guiding us.
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The famous holiday gifts of edibles have become emblematic of Purim's joyous celebrations. Since antiquity, and regardless of geography they've been festooned and decorated – arguably unlike any other mitzvah we fulfil. Here we seek to understand the deeper rhyme, reason and jurisprudence of this unique rabbinic ordained observance. By tracing earliest origins, and noting its understated documentation, we arrive at a profound new appreciation of its purpose and methodology—as a means to an end, rather than an end in and of itself.
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Explore the deeper dimension of this holiday of extreme opposites. Join Rabbi Zushe Winner for an eye-opening analysis of the Purim story and its relevance, and make this year's celebration exhilarating.
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Our incredible journey from that watershed moment in Jewish history, to the relevance of the holiday today, to future celebrations too for eternity.
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The ubiquitous custom of “unfolding” our proverbial Purim scroll, rather than using it in its organic rolled position seems rather odd and unwieldy. The spreading of the scroll is justified by “it's supposed to be a letter.” But what exactly does that mean, and what is it meant to accomplish. Careful tracing and cross-referencing of early sources lead us to a fascinating thesis, which is subsequently augmented with a seemingly unrelated Biblical concept related to ancient Temple service. And, in the end it all makes perfect sense!
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Haman rejoiced greatly when his lottery to determine the date of the ‘Final Solution’ fell on Adar, considering it the most propitious omen possible, for it is the month that Moses died. However, there are far more sadder and calumnious months in the calendar than Adar, so why wouldn’t he be even more pleased if the lottery fell on one of them?! The answer reveals an astounding layer of meaning to the ever-relevant story of Purim. (Based in part on Likutei Sichos volume 26, Sicha 1)
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Purim is meant to be the most joyous day of the year, so surely we can learn keys to joy from the four mitzvahs we follow to celebrate Purim.
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Letters and Numbers of the Festivals—Purim
The name Purim means "lotteries." The first letter of this word is the letter peh which also means "mouth." The entire story of Purim is really about the various "mouths" that spoke up at various times.
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Heroes are role models for all of us. Their courage, devotion and commitment to their values are examples and inspiration for all of us to use our own life's circumstances to achieve greatness.
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Exploring the meaning behind the mnemonic for the 167 verses in the Book of Esther and its connection to Purim.
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Learning a Purim maamar of the Rebbe
A Chassidic discourse from the Lubavitcher Rebbe that uses the Purim story to explore the mystical secrets behind Golus, the spiritual "exile" of the Jewish people. (BaLaylah Hahu 5744)
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