Related Blog Posts on Purim

This Purim, Make Noise to Protest Modern-Day Hamans

Rabbi David Wirtschafter
February 22, 2021
We know that religious freedom is not a lesson from ancient stories, but an ongoing quest even today. While many of us are fighting antisemitism in our home countries, we are also in solidarity with the Rohingya people, who have been persecuted for decades.

When You Make People Laugh, You Make People Listen

Lynn Harris
February 22, 2021
Today, comedy is a national vernacular, a social and cultural force. We communicate in memes. We look to late night to process the news. Good (and even dumb) comedy challenges and connects, activates and affirms.

Book of Esther: A Poem

Stacey Zisook Robinson, z"l
March 12, 2019

Reform Jewish poet Stacey Z. Robinson wrote this original poem for Purim, painting a much different picture of Esther than we knew as children.

On Purim, Let's Get Vulnerable - Whether or Not We Get Drunk

Caroline Dorn
March 4, 2019
As we prepare to celebrate Purim, a festival of merriment and joy, many Jews will be celebrating by reading from the M’gillah (Book of Esther), wearing costumes, giving gifts, and enjoying festive food and drink together. In fact, we are commanded to eat and drink until we “can no longer distinguish between cursed is Haman and blessed is Mordecai."

Hester Street: A Poem

Julia Knobloch
February 20, 2019

Inspired by this week’s Torah portion, this poem plays on the idea of hester panim (the hidden face of God) and the name Esther, a key figure in the holiday of Purim.