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Story: The Whole Megillah – A Purim Rap

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

The Whole Megillah – A Purim Rap
by Steve and Doug Cotler ©2001
www.dougcotler.com
Listen, listen, listen to this ancient story.
It’s a little bit funny and a little bit gory.
It’s a little bit scary and little bit tense.
It’s a crazy, mixed-up series of events.
It starts with a king who was not too sharp.
You might say he was a [...]

Story: A Dr. Seuss Purim Shpiel

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

A Dr. Seuss Purim Shpiel
by Dana Baruch and Robbi Sherwin
www.RobbiSherwin.com and www.sababamusic.com
© 1998 all rights reserved
Sh’ma yeladim and hear us well
For now is the story of Purim to tell.
It took place in Shushan so long, long ago.
Now off to Persia we all will go.
In this beautiful kingdom ruled a king
A king with no brain, who’d [...]

Purim Foods

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

The Eats!
Purim has one very famous food linked to it, and that is Hamentashn. They originated as a German pastry called Mohn Taschen, meaning “poppy seed pockets.” Who knows, maybe somewhere along the way someone thought it would be fun to create Haman’s pockets and named them, hamentashn. The triangular shape may also remind us [...]

Purim Resources for Parodies, Fun, and Games

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Your one stop source for learning new Jewish music, Hava Nashira is a highly acclaimed music conference which I’ve been attending since I was a wee pip! This sight includes all of our participants’ mp3 song samples, resource lists of songbooks, recordings, and so much more. Visit this page for a supply [...]

What are Shushan Purim and the Fast of Esther?

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Shushan Purim
At the very end of the Purim story when the Jews have managed to reverse this time of “grief and mourning to one of festive joy,” Esther gets a new house, Mordechai gets a promotion and it’s clearly time for another party. But when exactly should the party start? Remember that in the story [...]

Megillah

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

M’gee-LAH is Hebrew for Scroll. In Jewish texts, there are 5 Megillot (plural) in the K’tuvim.
1. Song of Songs
2. Ruth
3. Lamentations
4. Ecclesiastes
5. Esther
Generally if there isn’t a name associated with the Megillah, it’s referring to Megillat Esther, the Scroll of Esther which we read on Purim.

Purimspiel

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Purimspiel (Pu-rim SHPEEL) is Yiddish for a Purim Play based on Megillat Esther. Usually the spiel is done in a comic style, as a satire, with music, silly characters, and even dance. It originated in Eastern Europe in the 18th century.
Check out Shira’s version, That’s How We Roll OR A Dr. Seuss [...]

Ra’ashanim or Gragger

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

RA-ASH-a-nim are noisemakers in Hebrew, or GROG-ger in Yiddish (from the Polish word “to rattle.”)
Learn how to make a grogger, kazoo, and tambourine HERE!

Adar

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

A-DAR is the 12th month of the Hebrew calendar. It’s a winter month with 29 days, usually coinciding with February/March. When there’s a leap year, an additional Adar is added to the calendar, called Adar Aleph or Rishon. When this happens (7 times every 19 years) the Purim holiday is celebrated in [...]

Purim Project – Full Color Queen Mask

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Print out this mask and you have yourself a Purim costume!

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