Purim 101

Links to the Foundational Texts of Purim

Megillat Esther

Megillat Esther - Book of Esther - Available in Hebrew, English, and Hebrew/English. Perfect for following along with the Purim reading.

Megillat Esther - Purim Edition! (Emoji Esther) - The entire Book of Esther with emojis replacing a variety of Hebrew words throughout the text. Great for projecting on a screen for a public reading or fun to follow along with on your own device. The Emoji Esther can also be used to discuss how a translation, or in this case, an emoji translation, is also a commentary. What does the choice of emoji say about the translator's interpretation of the text?

Additional Core Texts

Mishnah Megillah - Masechet Megillah discusses the possible dates to celebrate Purim, rules for reading the Megillah, and much more.

Mishneh Torah, Scroll of Esther and Hanukkah - The first two chapters of Rambam's Mishneh Torah, Scroll of Esther and Hanukkah, delineate the laws for reading the Megillah and celebrating Purim.

Recommended Source Sheets

The Four Key Purim Mitzvot - Study texts and identify the mitzvot.

Playing Dress Up: Purim Style - The role of clothing in the Purim story and why we dress up on Purim.

Receiving the Torah, Accepting the Torah: The Thousand-Year Gap? - When was the Torah accepted the second time and why wasn't the first time enough?

Parshat Zachor and Purim: Remember to Forget - Review the texts in preparation for studying with students.

Purim and the Mitzvah of Tzedakah - A study of the mitzvah of matanot l'evyonim, gifts to the poor, that are given on Purim. Also includes a lovely explanation of tzedakah by Rabbi Sacks.