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  • Jerusalemites Are Pleased As Purim Becomes 3-day Affair

    People who love Purim have an extra reason to celebrate the holiday this year: For the first time in a decade, Purim in Jerusalem is a three-day affair. Throughout Israel, a carnival mood reigns as small children and their older siblings parade down the streets in brightly colored costumes, inspired by everything from the Scroll… More ▸

  • Moscow Jews Celebrate Purim with Gala in Famous Theater

    Moscow Jews celebrated Purim with a gala evening of comedy and song in the capital’s Taganka Theater, on the eve of what promised to be another stormy session of the Russian Congress of People’s Deputies. But few see the latest showdown between President Boris Yeltsin and his archrival, conservative Parliament speaker Ruslan Khasbulatov, as threatening… More ▸

  • Purim in Israel is Major Holiday for Religious and Secular Alike

    While many secular Israelis rush to the beach on Rosh Hashanah, and many fervently Orthodox Jews ignore the wail of memorial sirens on Martyrs Remembrance Day, everyone, it seems, loves Purim. Due to begin in most places on Saturday night, and in walled cities such as Jerusalem on Sunday evening, Purim can be called Israel’s… More ▸

  • Tension Pervades Purim Revelry As Israel Copes with Stabbings

    Israelis celebrated Purim in a nervous mood Thursday. The festivities were marred by fear in the aftermath of Tuesday’s fatal knife attack in Jaffa, the latest in a series of Arab assaults on Jews. Tension peaked in Herzliya, north of Tel Aviv, where a young Israel Defense Force officer mistook Israeli revelers wearing Purim costumes… More ▸

  • Rebbe Predicted War’s End by Purim

    Months before Iraqi Scud missiles began to rain on Israel, long before the ground war began, the Brooklyn-based Lubavitcher rebbe predicted that the Persian Gulf war would end on or near Purim. A young member of the Hasidic movement, a chaplain serving in the U.S. armed forces, went to the rebbe one Sunday in November… More ▸

  • Purim Garb Inspired by Gulf War, but ‘saddam Masks’ Won’t Be Seen

    The Persian Gulf war is influencing how Israeli youngsters will dress when Purim festivities begin Wednesday night. Favorites among the kids include the camouflage outfits worn by American soldiers operating Patriot anti-missile batteries. But according to one toy shop, the most popular item is a child-size Israel Defense Force uniform, which comes with a pair… More ▸

  • Soviet ‘purim Spiels’ in Israel

    Israelis are benefiting from glasnost, the new policy of openness and free expression in the Soviet Union. As a direct result, two world-famous Soviet troupes will be performing here during the Purim festival Sunday and Monday. The Bolshoi is staging ballet-on-ice at the new Ramat Gan ice rink. The Leningrad Circus will appear at the… More ▸

  • Esther, Rambo and Even Snow Mark Purim Holiday in Tel Aviv

    The streets of Israeli cities were merry today with youthful Queen Esthers, Mordechais, cowboys and Indians, Rambos, and even miniature versions of Alexis and Crystal from television’s Dynasty series. Youngsters paraded in brilliant sunshine and temperatures in the 70s on the first day of spring, which this year coincides with Purim, the traditional day for… More ▸

  • French Synagogue Gutted by Fire During Purim Evening Services

    A brand new synagogue crowded with Purim worshipers was gutted by a violent fire in the town of Yerres, about 40 miles southwest of Paris. There were no casualties. Police have not yet been able to determine whether the fire was accidental or criminal. The fire broke out on Monday evening during the Purim service,… More ▸

  • Parade, Radio Spoofs and Rain Mark Purim Holiday in Israel

    Much of Tel Aviv was closed to traffic Thursday for the annual Adloyada, the Purim parade. Thousands of marchers, scores of floats and giant helium-filled balloons imported from the Far East wound along Ben Yehuda Street and Allenby Road. A day-long drizzle that made the pavements slick did not dampen the carnival atmosphere. The news… More ▸