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Purim is the Jewish holiday celebrated in Adar to celebrate the triumph of the Jews over their oppressors, as told in the book of Esther. The holiday is named after the word "pur," meaning "lot" or "lottery," which refers to the lot that the Jews' enemy Haman threw to determine the day of their destruction.

Holiday Guides: Purim

Social Justice Text Studies for Purim

These downloadable text studies provide food for thought and serious discussion on the social justice themes of the Book of Esther.



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  • Benj Fried, 2013 Rabbinic Intern
    Hebrew Union College
  • Sarah Wolf, 2005 Rabbinic Intern
    Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism
  • Rabbi Marla J. Feldman, Director Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism