Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind held a massive party at his house yesterday for the Jewish holiday of Purim, which features 14 hours of food, booze, and of course, costumes. Hikind, getting into the holiday spirit, dressed up as a basketball player– ALL BASKETBALL PLAYERS, you see, not just a specific one– complete with afro, sunglasses, and jersey…. More ▸
Purim, the festival of drinking, giggles, dress up, and those triangle cookies, is a time to feature some hidden creativity for costumes.
Some see this as a time to unleash their inner skank, others, their more controversially political side.
Here are our top 10 reasons why we love Purim, according to some holiday photos…
10. Because on this day, rabbis have green hair!
(and it suits him rather well.)
(Courtesy of BBC)
9. Because animals can be counted for a minyan
.(But not women, of course… just kidding! But seriously…)
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By Uri Fintzy
People all over Israel are celebrating Purim this weekend, and much like Halloween, the dress-up holiday is a perfect opportunity for parents to show off their creativity and then display it on their poor kids. The winners of the contest for Costume of Poorest Taste are definitely 7-year-old twins Ilay and Nehoray, who dressed up… More ▸
The New York Jewish Museum’s Purim Ball’s tagline is “Who Wears the Crown” and their guest appearing might be the answer to that one. Actress/writer Lena Dunham will be delivering this year’s Purim shpeil on February 27 at the Purim Ball at the Upper East Side’s Park Avenue Armory. “Ms. Dunham will bring her brilliant… More ▸
By Marcy Oster
The niece of American comedian Sarah Silverman will be allowed to attend a women’s Megillah reading at the Western Wall despite being banned from the site. More ▸
They’re back. Jaquann & Luis, the folks behind Napkin Note’s “Bubala Please” Jewish web series that makes music videos about the Jewish holidays, has another video which surfaced this week, this time explaining Purim’s traditional cookies, hamantaschen. The video addresses everything one should have in mind during the Purim season: shiksahs. Manischewitz, and of course,… More ▸
Purim coincides with the Academy Award ceremony this year. But columnist Edmon Rodman discovers there’s no need to go Hollywood to find an award-winning costume. More ▸
JTA provides a step-by-step tutorial on how to make hamantaschen, Purim’s traditional cookies. More ▸
Hamantaschen, the Purim season’s traditional triangle-shaped cookie, are conventionally filled with jam, but the pastry has come a long way since its namesake ruled in ancient Persia. More ▸
Purim is a holiday that isn’t ripe with laws and ritual obligations, but the Scroll of Esther offers a directive for observance that is clear: Jews should make the days “of feasting and joy.” More ▸