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Purim is one of the holidays that can easily be oversimplified as "The Jewish Halloween." Learn more about this traditional holiday by studying the Jewish texts and customs using the resources below. Featuring Queen Esther as the hero and catalyst for the Jewish salvation, this story has special significance to many Jewish women.

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Books about Purim

Most books will be on the shelf at BM 695 P8

For works on the holiday, do a browse subject search under: PURIM or PURIM CUSTOMS

For purimshpiels and plays search under: PURIM DRAMA

Scroll of Esther

For the Scroll of Esther You'll find texts at BS 1371-1374

COMMENTARIES can be found at BS 1375

ESTHER (QUEEN) books are shelved in BS 580 E8 (also see books on Women in the Bible in BS 575)

The HUC library is home to many beautiful lluminated Scrolls of Esther.


Music IconMusic

Search for PURIM MUSIC in the catalog to locate recording of songs for your Purim party, musical scores, and various "shironim."


Recipe IconRecipes

Explore our collection of Jewish cook books that include both traditional and modern holiday recipes.


Study materials iconStudy and teaching materials

Search the catalog under PURIM--STUDY AND TEACHING or check with the Tartak Learning Center for more educational materials (Tartak@huc.edu)



Recommended websites


Explore Purim at Reform Judaism

Includes a resource guide for social action, a collection of purim-shpiels, and parent/teacher resources.

Illuminated Megillah Exhibit

Images from Megillot in the HUC-JIR Library Collection

Purim at Chabad

Megillah text and commentaries, kid section.

Purim at My Jewish Learning

This site contains articles in the areas of the basics, food, traditions and ritualsand history.