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  • Purim Feature in New Book, Hadassah Celebrates Its History, Purim Around the Globe

    In Uganda, Jews celebrate Purim by exchanging gift baskets of fish instead of sweets. In Tunisia they light firecrackers and feast on freshly killed lamb. The teen-agers of one Azerbaijan community used to take the opportunity of the noise made by groggers during Megillah readings to nail the clothing of unsuspecting synagogue members to the… More ▸

  • Purim Feature for 90 Years, Hadassah Volunteers Have Been Cooking Up Quite a Storm

    “People at the Hogar Adolfo Hirsch old-age home celebrate Purim every year,” says Irene Lubasch de Munster, of Buenos Aires, who assists at the home and is a member of Hadassah. She describes how elderly residents and their aides prepare for their annual Purim party, making posters and invitations, and designing masks and costumes. They… More ▸

  • Foulares: Turkish Purim Eggs No-stick Vegetable Spray

    1 cup vegetable oil 1/2 cup ice-cold water salt to taste 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 dozen hard boiled eggs, cooled with shells on 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat baking sheets with no-stick spray. 2. In a large mixing bowl, combine oil and water. Slowly mix in flour and salt, adjusting if necessary… More ▸

  • Holiday Feature: Purim Foods Honor Surprises in the Story of Queen Esther

    A page-turner with the pace of a John le Carre espionage novel, the Book of Esther is a tale of power and intrigue, of plots, counterplots and thwarted schemes. It is a story within a story that just keeps unfolding. In his cookbook “The World of Jewish Entertaining,” Rabbi – and chef – Gil Marks… More ▸

  • Mysterious Feminists Make Noise for Purim, and Some Aren’t Amused

    They’re back. A mysterious group of Jewish feminists that last fall circulated provocative Rosh Hashanah cards and advertisements in the New York area has resurfaced for Purim. Jewish Women Watching, a group that does not identify its members and leaves only an e-mail address — — as contact information, is mailing to Jewish agencies… More ▸

  • Holiday Feature: Remembering Purim in Iraq; a Paradise of Parties and Pastries

    Like visions of date palms laden with fruit, Purim in Iraq was paradise for children. “We were excused from school and over the two-day holiday, we’d attend six parties,” says Nora Iny, who grew up in Baghdad during the 1960s. She is now a trustee of Congregation Bene Naharayim, an Iraqi synagogue in Jamaica Estates,… More ▸

  • Holiday Feature: Virtual Purim Brings Insight but No Substitute for Megillah

    This Purim, the Internet is putting a new twist on the Scroll of Esther. Revelers preparing to celebrate the springtime holiday can use the World Wide Web for a deeper understanding of the Megillah, or scroll, which tells the story of the fourth-century-B.C.E. redemption of the Jews of Persia. Purim begins March 1 this year,… More ▸

  • Purim Feature: Three-cornered Pastries Come with Range of Fillings

    Purim, the joyous holiday celebrating deliverance from Haman’s intended massacre, is celebrated with the reading of the megillah, the Book of Esther, in the synagogue. It is followed by carnivals with people in costume, and the sending of shalach manot — small packages of sweets — to relatives and friends. Hamantashen, the traditional three-cornered sweet… More ▸

  • Suicide Bomber Claims Lives of Cafe Patrons on Purim Eve

    There were many customers last Friday afternoon at Tel Aviv’s Cafe Apropos, including children dressed in Purim costumes, when the young man carrying a duffel bag weaved his way among the tables. Eyewitnesses later said that the man seemed strange as he looked for an empty table, finally choosing one in the center of the… More ▸