Posts Tagged ‘Purim’

Pasta for Shabbat: Israel’s Italian Jewish community

Pasta for Shabbat: Israel's Italian Jewish community

The synagogue at 27 Hillel Street, in the heart of Jerusalem, is no ordinary synagogue. It is the fulcrum of Israel’s unique Italian Jewish community. The Italian-Jewish identity is a complicated one: sometimes painful and contradictory, and always with a special Italian flair. But recently, the Italian synagogue was given an ultimatum, one that could threaten this vibrant community.


The secular and religious sides of Purim in Israel

The secular and religious sides of Purim in Israel

The Jewish holiday of Purim is celebrated by both secular and religious Jews. But whether it’s reading the Book of Esther or parading in the streets, for all it means fun and dressing up.


An outsider feels Purim’s embrace

It was my last day in Israel, and I was surrounded by dozens of strangers in a large home in this seaside town, a two-hour drive from Jerusalem. I had come to interview a source, Mali Aharon, at her apartment, but she had more festive plans—a Purim feast with her family.


End of an odyssey: March 20, 2011

End of an odyssey: March 20, 2011

We woke up at dawn to yet another picture-perfect day in this holy but troubled city. However, this day was tinged with a bit of sadness, as it was the culmination of our 12-day odyssey through The Holy Land.