Another Purim Shpil

Purim is one of the more obscure Jewish holidays. Celebrated around March, it commemorates the deliverance of the Jews from a genocidal plot, as recorded in the biblical Book of Esther (Megilla). The Megilla...

A Purim Shpil

We all know that hamantashen are a simply delicious holiday treat. But less known is the fact that the word "hamantashen" has a rich etymological history, steeped in the intrigues, both esoteric and exoteric,...

Purim Shpil, Celebrating Purim with Humorous Plays

One of the most endearing aspects of Judaism, in my opinion, is the evolution of Jewish traditions over time. Purim Shpiels started out as family, holiday entertainment, turned into professional performances--sometimes so vulgar that...

It’s Only A Purim Shpil

How was the holiday of Purim celebrated back in Europe? This funny childhood memory is one of the tales told by award-winning storyteller Roslyn Bresnick-Perry in her new collection, "I Loved My Mother on...

Tips For Creating Your Own Purim Shpil

Putting on a Purim Shpil is one of the best ways to celebrate Purim. Purim Shpils are performances-either puppet shows, skits, comedy routines or musicals-that include elements of the Purim story. The Purim characters,...

La guerra de las galaxias y Purim

Los individuos, a lo largo de los siglos, buscaron aumentar la densidad de la esencia del poder, el dominio y la subyugación, sumando capas de historia e identidad como gajos de ficción e imaginación. El...

Purim shpil, de Sholem Aleikhem

Visiting With King Ahasuerus by Sholem Aleichem Yiddish title: Baym Kenig Akhashveres A rich man's son sneaks out of his home to celebrate Purim with a band of poor Purim-shpielers (performers). Class hatreds boil to...