Ideas for Your Best Ever Purim Seudah

Mar 08, 2017  |  By Shira Goldstein

Purim is right around the corner, so it’s time to plan your seudah! A big, festive meal (called mishteh in Aramaic and seudah in Hebrew) is one of Purim’s mitzvot, and is a wonderful opportunity to gather your family and friends together for a delicious feast! As with every festive meal, it’s customary to start with bread. A seasonal favorite is Purim challah: add candies, sprinkles, chocolate chips to your […]

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Introducing: The Cast of the Purim Story

Mar 01, 2017  |  By Shira Goldstein
Purim, mask, colorful

Carefully documented in the megilla, the Purim story has a twisted plot and complex characters. Here’s a summary of the main players and what they did: Achashverosh (Ahasuerus)  The king of Persia and its vast empire, which ranged from Ethiopia across to India and held its capital in Shushan. He was dangerous in the sense that he had no true beliefs but was instead an easily-influenced populist who told people […]

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Purim: An Overview

Feb 16, 2017  |  By Shira Goldstein

The next holiday in the Jewish calendar is Purim. It has everything: a gripping story, fabulous costumes, delicious food and engaging, exciting customs and commands. Here’s everything you need to know about Purim: There are four official Purim mitzvot – commandments. They are: 1) Megilla The megilla is a special scroll on which the Purim story is written. We listen to the story, which is sung to its own special […]

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