Backman’s Corner: Why do we dress up on Purim? Where did this tradition come from?
By Eli Backman
For the Mitzpeh
It all started one year after someone celebrated a little too hard and didn’t want anyone to know who he is, was and what he did…
Okay the story of Purim, Cliff notes style:
Characters listed in book
Mordechai, Esther, Haman, Achashverosh, Vashti, Charvonah, Bigsan and Seresh. These individuals ...
Students view Halloween as more social than religiously-rooted Purim
By Max Breene
For the Mitzpeh
This Halloween, you can expect to see plenty of students roaming the streets dressed in costume, celebrating the famous “trick or treating” festival. But for many Jewish students on campus, Halloween is not the only time to dress up in character. Judaism celebrates the story of the Book of Esther ...
JLIC Purim shtick video competition draws crowd to Hillel post-megillah reading
By Jacqueline Hyman, opinion editor, @jacqbh58
After a Megillah reading and a break fast for the Fast of Esther, members of this university’s Jewish community crowded Maryland Hillel to vote on their favorite Purim shtick videos at Purim Night Live: Digital Shorts Competition last Wednesday.
The March 23 event included the ...
“Beauty is Power” – Feminism in the Megillah
by Michele Amira
Esther is the Beyoncé of the Megillah — the Queen B of the Talmud. If she were around today, Kanye West would appear demanding that she win the whole Megillah.
But Esther isn’t the only superhero in the Talmud. Although the previous queen, Vashti, has been cast away — both by ...