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Verter fun der Vokh – Happy Purim!

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Purim nonsense rhyme: אַ גוטן פּו֜רים, אַ֜לע׳ך‮ <מלאך>‮! וווּ איך גיי פֿ‮אַל איך‮, די באָרד איז מי‮ר לאַנג,‮ דאָס ווײַב איז מיר‮ קראַנק‮, הײַנט איז פּו֜רים, מאָרגן‮ איז אויס‮ –‮ גיט מיר אַ פּע֜ני <‮גראָשן> און וואַרפֿט מיך‮ אַרויס‮! A GUTN...

“Hava Tequila Cabaret” A fun-filled event featuring a cast of young and rising talent

A fun-filled event featuring a cast of young and rising talent. Hosted by Adam B. Shapiro Dani Apple, Stephanie Lynne Mason, Daniella Rabbani, Lauren Jeanne Thomas, Bobby Underwood, and Mikhl Yashinsky & Michael Winograd. Please...
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Credit: Asatur Yesayants/Shutterstock.

We recognize Haman. But where are Mordechai and Esther?

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This week’s festival of Purim provided Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with an irresistible analogy. Purim celebrates the deliverance of the Jews of ancient Persia by Mordechai and Esther—two Jews who thwarted the genocidal intentions of...

Listen and enjoy to “Di Megile” with the Bursteyn family in Itzik Manger’s unique...

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Programs on Yiddish literature and culture recorded at Montreal's Jewish Public Library, 1953-2005. About this program: di megile fun itsik manger Mit: איציק מאַנגער | דב זלצר | שמואל בונים The Megile of Itzik Manger Featuring: Itzik Manger |...
Israeli children dressed in costume arrive at school in Sderot ahead of the Purim holiday, Feb. 24, 2021. Photo by Flash90.

Cabinet approves Purim curfew to head off COVID-19 outbreak

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Israel’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved a nighttime curfew for the Purim holiday weekend in an attempt to forestall a spike in COVID-19 infections due to parties and gatherings. Starting Thursday night, the eve of...

“Makhts Of!”, Yiddish Purim Song performed by The Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkXWTUFePNE Traditional Yiddish Purim song Choral arrangement: Binyumen Schaechter (2018) Funded by a grant from the Marinus and Minna B. Koster Foundation Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus / JPPC דער ייִדישער פֿילהאַרמאָנישער פֿאָלקסכאָר Binyumen Schaechter, Conductor בנימין שעכטער, דיריגענט Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thejppc Website: http://www.TheJPPC.org​ Contact: [email protected] Filmed...
This year’s pandemic Purim is shaping up to be a somewhat subdued version of the traditional festivities. Credit: tomertu/Shutterstock.

A safe ‘simcha’: Finding joy in a pandemic Purim

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Last Purim, a mask was just a costume and not a medical device. For most back then, the coronavirus was just another item on the nightly news. So, as usual, Jews the world over donned...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a memorial ceremony for Joseph Trumpeldor in Tel Hai, in northern Israel, on Feb. 23, 2021. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

At Zionist hero’s memorial, Netanyahu invokes Purim to threaten Iran

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday issued a warning to the regime in Tehran ahead of Passover, the holiday that marks the Jewish people’s rescue from annihilation at the hands of Haman in...
A panel from the rare medieval Scroll of Esther recently donated to the National Library of Israel. The library announced that it would be viewed online on Feb. 22, 2021. Credit: National Library of Israel.

Israel’s National Library gains gift of rare 15th-century Scroll of Esther

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One of the world’s oldest scrolls of Esther was recently gifted to the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem, the library’s blog announced on Monday. The scroll, dating from medieval times, was a gift from...
King Ahasuerus and Haman at the “Feast of Esther.” Credit: Rembrandt Painting, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, via Wikimedia Commons.

Masking all of our fun on Purim? Well, sort of …

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Purim begins at sunset on Feb. 25, the 14th day of Adar. The most jubilant holiday in the Jewish calendar, it’s a celebration of good over evil; the defeat of Haman and his heinous...