Purim celebrates the downfall of a man who wished to wipe out the Jewish people. The Megillah-the Book of Esther, which is read on Purim, tells us to keep the 14th of Adar (March 20th in 2011) as a day of joy and happiness.

The Megillah of Esther is read in the synagogue after the evening service on the Eve of Purim and again on the morning of Purim. The story of Purim is full of human interest and excitement.

The Book of Esther is of unique concern to modern Jews. Why, you may ask, check out Why isn't God mentioned in the Purim story?



We bet you didn't think a basket of fruit would have anything to do with Purim. To find out more, check out our Tzedakah and Purim page.




It's a tradition when reading the Book of Esther to drown out the name of Haman, the story's villain, with a loud noise. This cacaphony is often accomplished with groggers, the special Purim noisemakers. So turn your speakers up and hear the sound of a grogger.


The falling triangles to your right are Hamantashen or Haman's hats, the most popular sweet made at Purim. One legend tell us that the tree corners of the cookie represent Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the founding fathers of Judaism. If you'd like to make some of your very own, go to a great recipe all the family will enjoy.