Purim celebrations undimmed despite growing COVID-19 concerns
By Laina S. Miller
Purim, celebrated this year on Monday evening and Tuesday, arrived in the midst of the growing international COVID-19 outbreak. Traditional celebrations, including parties, gatherings for the reading of the Book of Esther and sharing of gifts, triggered confusion and fear in the face of ...
Despite lack of tradition, students describe Purim party at Stamp as huge success
By Char Freedberg
This university’s Purim celebration was filled with the usual things one would find at a Purim celebration: food, noisemakers, an upbeat mood and costumes galore.
The holiday celebrates one of many instances in Jewish history when someone tried to kill Jews but did not succeed. The STAMP ...
Purim falls over break, but spirit doesn’t break
By Yakira Cohen
Last year, junior philosophy major Mikey Pollack paraded around campus in a red cowboy hat and an army t-shirt to celebrate Purim. This year, he isn’t even sure if he will dress up.
Although the holiday usually unites students in celebration, Purim will fall on the Thursday of spring break ...
Make your own hamantaschen!
By Jacqueline Hyman
You could easily buy a pack of hamantaschen in the store, but the pickings at Shoppers aren’t great and it’s a long drive to Shalom Kosher or Max’s. Plus, there's something fun about folding the edges and pinching the corners yourself. So in case you want to, here’s a video explaining ...
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 ...