The festival of Purim is known as the festival of hidden miracles. Based on the Biblical Book of Esther, Purim celebrates the profound reversal of fortune when the Jewish community of Persia was rescued by the heroic intervention of Esther and Mordecai. It is a holiday that is known for its pageantry, frivolity and generosity to friends and the needy.
There are four requirements for celebrating Purim:
1. We hear the story of Esther as recounted in the Bible.
2. We have a festive meal with more wine than usual.
3. We deliver two different kinds of food to friends and neighbors.
4. We give gifts to the poor.
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Text Study - When the Book of Esther Was Not Yet Part of the Bible:
Download a Talmudic text study on how Esther (the first lobbyist) promotes her way into the Bible.
Text Study (PDF file 138Kb)
Download or print the entire Purim Guide in PDF format. There are additional features in this guide not available in the Purim section online, including Hebrew text and translation.
Purim Guide (PDF file 253Kb)
Tzedek and Purim
A resource guide for campuses to integrate tzedek/social justice programming with Purim.
CASE It! Purim (PDF file 48Kb)
Send a Purim eCard!
The Story of Purim in a Nutshell
A Purim Conversation
Purim Programming Ideas
Purim Program Ideas from the Book of Esther
Purim - Memory and Redemption
Learn more about Purim at MyJewishLearning.com