Back by popular demand, the classic JPS holiday anthologies remain essential and relevant in our digital age. Unequaled in-depth compilations of classic and contemporary writings, they have long guided rabbis, cantors, educators, and other readers seeking the origins, meanings, and varied celebrations of the Jewish festivals.
The Purim Anthology recounts the origins of the first Purim, then examines festival observances in different eras throughout the world, laws and rites, and finally provides plays and poems, stories and songs. This treasury includes "The Origin of Purim" by Solomon Grayzel, "The Esther Story in Art" by Rachel Wischnitzer, "Purim in Music" by A. W. Binder (including an extensive compilation of Purim songs), "The History of Purim Plays" by Jacob Shatzky, Purim celebrations in Tel Aviv by Mortimer J. Cohen, and Purim in humor by Israel Davidson-all together a thoughtful and fun-filled literary feast.
Philip Goodman (1911-2006) was a rabbi and served as director of the Jewish education and Jewish center division for the Jewish Welfare Board, executive secretary of the Jewish Book Council, and executive secretary of the American Jewish Historical Society. He is the author or editor of many books, including seven volumes in the JPS Holiday Anthologies series.
List of Illustrations A Note from the Publisher Preface Acknowledgments BOOK ONE THE STORY OF PURIM THE ORIGIN OF PURIM SPECIAL PURIMS PURIM IN MANY LANDS BOOK TWO PURIM IN LITERATURE, ART AND MUSIC PURIM IN THE BIBLE PURIM IN POST-BIBLICAL WRITINGS PURIM IN TALMUD AND MIDRASH PURIM IN JEWISH LAW PURIM IN MODERN PROSE PURIM IN THE SHORT STORY PURIM IN POETRY PURIM IN MUSIC THE ESTHER STORY IN ART BOOK THREE PURIM FOR YOUNG PEOPLE STORIES FOR PURIM POEMS FOR PURIM BOOK FOUR PURIM JOY PURIM PRANKS THE HISTORY OF PURIM PARODY IN JEWISH LITERATURE THE HISTORY OF PURIM PLAYS PURIM CURIOSITIES PURIM WIT AND HUMOR PURIM PARTIES AND PROGRAMS PURIM DANCES PURIM DELICACIES BOOK FIVE COMMEMORATION OF PURIM PURIM IN THE SYNAGOGUE MUSIC SUPPLEMENT LITURGICAL MUSIC HEBREW SONGS YIDDISH SONGS ENGLISH SONGS PARODIES IN ENGLISH Glossary of Purim Terms Bibliography Notes