Manchester JSoc's Purim

March 4, 2010

There were exciting goings on for students in Manchester over Purim, including 'The Big Purim Meal', a kids party seuda with a bouncy castle, magician and over 100 people, and a Purim Fancy Dress Party club night.



Rapper Eprhyme performs at Sandy’s Row shul

By Jessica Elgot, March 4, 2010

Music of a less traditional kind filled a historic East End synagogue on Monday night as a performance by New York rapper Eprhyme launched the Open Jewish Culture festival.


Carry on purim

By Simon Rocker, March 4, 2010

Perhaps they should start rating Purimspiels like films for child suitability.

Here's a snatch from the festivities at the New North London Synagogue. "A consignment of Viagra was stolen from downturn Purim. Police are looking for three hard-ended criminals."

Which prompted my 11-year-old to ask: "Daddy, why that's funny?"


A phoney story

By Simon Rocker, March 4, 2010

To those who rushed out to install the new Mitzvah App on your iPhone, after our story last week, an almost sincere apology: Sunday was Purim and the story an invention.

This did not stop the Guardian from ringing up first thing Friday to find out more.

But absolutely true is that you can get a Megillah App, complete with range of noises for the mention of Haman.


Purim and the Persian Empire

March 3, 2010

By Yehuda Landy
Feldheim, $34.99

Strictly Orthodox rabbis have generally been wary of archaeology as a weapon wielded by sceptics to challenge the truth of the Bible.

So Rabbi Yehuda Landy’s coffee-table Megillah, published by the Orthodox Feldheim house, is unusual in using ancient sources to present a backdrop to the events of the Purim story.


Two held over Purim ‘havoc’

By Marcus Dysch, March 1, 2010

Police arrested two Jewish revellers as a group of 300 people caused "havoc" during rowdy Purim celebrations.

The men were arrested on suspicion of affray in north west London on Saturday night after residents called for officers to disperse the crowds.

Barnet Police said there had been "fighting, throwing of fireworks and general havoc" in Brent Street, Hendon, and Golders Green Road, Golders Green, between 10pm and 12.30am on Sunday morning.


Beware: Purim can make you paranoid

By Rabbi Reuben Livingstone, February 25, 2010

Purim encompasses a paradox. On the one hand, we unashamedly celebrate the downfall of the wicked Haman - a descendant of the Amalekite nation whose memory the Torah commands us to "obliterate" - and exult in the victory of the Jews. On the other, we are specifically exhorted to blur the difference between "cursed be Haman and blessed be Mordecai" through drink and merriment; sending out an altogether different message of reconciliation and closure.



By Rabbi Julian Sinclair, March 6, 2009

As a child I was told that hamantashen, the word for the triangular cakes we eat on Purim, means Hamans pockets in Yiddish. This always seemed highly improbable. Why would we make fun of the villain of the Megillah by eating representations of his pockets, rather than, say, some other part of his dress or anatomy?


Why Purim will even outlast Yom Kippur

By Rabbi Jeremy Rosen, March 5, 2009

I love finding new messages whenever one returns to biblical texts. As a teenager, I discovered that Mordecai sounded like the Sumerian deity Marduk, who was adopted as the patron god of Babylon, and Esther sounded like Astarte, or Ishtar, the Mediterranean goddess of fertility, sex and much else besides.