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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.
Contemporary Halachah from Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Awe, Snap!
Some mini-chassidim give an entertaining lesson in Purim observance. (Produced by Adam Nesenoff)
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 s...
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.
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...
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.
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 v...
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.
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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