This day will be observed on March 09, 2020
Purim can seem childlike at first, celebrated with costumes, carnivals, and merriment. But behind the revelry is a deeper Purim story, a rich narrative with hidden meaning, waiting for us all to encounter. To find it, we need to see Purim itself with new eyes.
Esther's story almost reads like a fairytale full of caricatures: evil Haman, silly Achashverosh, brilliant Mordechai and angelic Esther. But many aspects of Purim – both festive and spiritual – have deep meanings to discover. This detailed guide explains what Purim is all about.
For beginners and advanced, discover the deeper meaning behind Taanit Esther, the Fast of Esther – and why it is still relevant in the 21st century. Find everything you need to know in our 101 guide for Esther's Fast.
This in-depth guide explains how to fulfill your Mishloach Manot obligations on Purim, but also how these gifts are deeper symbols for bonding friendships and reaffirming the unity of the Jewish nation.
Rabbi Fohrman’s book about Purim, “The Queen You Thought You Knew”, invites readers to look at the Megillah through a new lens. Through a close reading of the biblical text, Rabbi Fohrman guides your adventure through Esther's story and questions each character’s actions. As layers of meaning are unravelled, be surprised by another Purim story that comes alive in a vibrant, unexpected way. Take a peek at the first chapter.
Get the quick scoop on Purim to understand Judaism’s most enigmatic holiday. Rabbi Forhman explains the story of Purim in a nutshell, and the message we are meant to take away from the story of Purim.
Purim is the great holiday of make-believe. Our kids dress up as Esther, Mordechai, Haman
Purim is a reminder of how close the Jewish race once came to being completely wiped out. It's one of the most joyous days on the Jewish calendar, where we
But it is almost astounding that Purim became a holiday at all. The victory of Purim seems to be entirely political, and not in any way spiritual. Mordechai and Esther managed to save the Jews from a national holocaust – which is incredible, but is there anything spiritually meaningful for us, two
After the Babylonians conquered the Kingdom of Judah
The Jews began to form communities in the diaspora, and when the Persian Empire conquered the Babylonians several decades later, these communities came under Persian rule, including a community living in Shushan, the Persian capital. The chief adviser to the king, Haman, who also lived in Shushan, had instituted a decree that all citizens of the city bow upon seeing him, and one man, a Jew named Mordechai, refused. In retaliation, Haman convinced the king to let him exterminate all of the Jews in the empire. Haman cast a lot – in Hebrew, “
The name of this holiday derives from the lot that Haman cast to decide the date of the destruction, a date that changed from disaster to joy.
As joyous as Purim is, many things about the holiday seem strange. Why name the holiday after Haman’s lots, of all things? Where is God in this story? His name is not mentioned in any of the related Biblical verses. And why do we celebrate with charity and food packages? The videos above will kickstart your journey through these questions – and reveal some very surprising answers.
How well do you know Esther? Our overfamiliarity with the characters – and their actions – can distract us from seeing the deeper meaning of the book of Esther. In “The Queen You Thought You Knew,” Rabbi Fohrman invites us to see the Megillah as if for the first time.
Be surprised by a deeper Purim story than you thought possible, one that brings the book alive in a vibrant, unexpected way, and leads us to a deeper, richer narrative. Rediscover the queen you thought you knew. Download the first chapter for free.
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