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Mar 20 2014

Girl With Cancer Virtually Celebrates Purim With Help From Her Rabbi, A Robot & Google Glass

By at 2:58 pm

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What do Google Glass, a robot, and Purim have in common with one another?

Normally nothing, but this year, they came together in order to create a vibrant and engaging project that enabled a little girl from White Plains, NY to be a part of the communal celebrations.

Hebrew Institute of White Plains is home to around 300 families with many children. Purim is a time that the community comes together and celebrates. We host a carnival, a children’s megillah reading, a beautiful night time megillah reading where adults and children pack our main sanctuary to the brim all decked out in costumes.

Unfortunately this year, one of the children in our community was unable to attend as she is undergoing treatment for cancer. She is a bubbly, bright, fun and outgoing child, who unfortunately has been unable to join us at Sabbath services, and was unable to join us for Purim celebrations. Her family would like to remain anonymous during this trying time, so for continuity of this article she will be called Amy. Read the rest of this entry →

Mar 17 2014

See Kveller Kids Rocking Their Purim Costumes for Purim 2014

By at 11:49 am

Apparently, Princess Elsa and Emmet from “The Lego Movie” were the reigning King and Queen of Purim carnivals everywhere. You all sent us your adorable Purim costume photos and some of you were inspired by the popular movies, but others chose more obscure costumes. We got the usual Spider Mans, fairies, football players, and bumblebees, but also a penguin, Cat in the Hat and even a pair of cotton candies.

We put together this little slideshow so that the kiddos can enjoy one last moment in the spotlight. Got pix you want to add to the mix? Send them to info@kveller.com

Enjoy!

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Mar 14 2014

Send Us Pics of Your Purim Costumes!

By at 2:15 pm

Costume-Minstrel

Purim is double trouble this year since it is conjoined with Shabbat (triple the fun if you plan to attend a St. Patty’s Day parade on Monday). But don’t get carried away and forget to snap some photos of your little ones in their Purim costumes!

Send your Queen Esthers, Princess Elsas, and Spongebobs our way via email (info@kveller.com) or post them on our Facebook page so that the kvelling can commence.

All submissions will be featured in a slideshow on the blog on Monday.

Happy Purim y’all!

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Mar 12 2014

Purim and My Awkward Use of the G-Word

By at 12:01 pm

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I’m a fan of Purim. Yes, I love the costumes, the hamantaschen (chocolate filled, not fruit), and the general revelry that’s vastly different in atmosphere from other holidays. What I surprisingly like most about Purim, however, is the way it forces me to think about the spark of the Divine in my life, or I guess you could call it a higher power.

Okay, I’ll just say it without any euphemisms. Purim makes me think and even talk about God, which is a strange sentence for me to type. For all the writing I do about Jewish topics, I don’t use the G-word very much at all. When I try, it feels forced and unnatural, which is true when I’m in conversations offline as well.

Although I grew up with a strong cultural Jewish identity surrounded by tons of Jewish friends, nobody I knew in my family or in my social circles ran around dropping the G-word. In contrast, I hear my Orthodox friends say “Hashem” with so much ease and frequency that I never know what to say in return. It’s a conversation stopper to say the least. Read the rest of this entry →

Mar 10 2014

Apparently My Appreciation for Dorky Purim Costumes Skipped a Generation

By at 2:55 pm

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Now that we are officially in the Jewish month of Adar, I am in a complete Purim panic. I do not panic about baking hamantaschen, because for the sake of all involved, I do not bake. I do not panic about putting together mishloach manot for friends and neighbors, because I generally believe that less is more. (If you get a Ziploc with two Twizzlers and an Oreo inside, you’re quite welcome.)

No, I panic because Purim to me represents the yearly realization that my children might be completely missing the “dorky costume gene,” a gene which was so pivotal to my own childhood.

I don’t know whether it was poor body image, an overactive imagination, or a combination of the two, but year after year, while all the other girls aimed for costumes that were first cute, then pretty, and–a few years later–sexy, I continually opted for bulky, unwieldy, and never entirely successful Purim costumes. As far as I was concerned, a winning costume was an uncomfortable one. Read the rest of this entry →

Feb 25 2013

Show us Your Purim Costume Pics

By at 9:33 am
little boy in lion costume

Managing Editor Meredith’s little lion, Ari.

Another weekend, another succesful Jewish holiday under our belt. We hope everyone had a great time celebrating Purim, whether that meant donning your best costume and heading out to the local Purim spiel or hunkering down with a dozen or two hamantaschen.

But enough of the small talk–what we’d really like to see is pictures of your kids in their Purim costumes so that we can all share in one giant collective kvell over just how adorable they look.

If you’d like to share your pictures, send them to info@kveller.com or share them on our Facebook page. We’ll collect them all and feature them in a slideshow on Kveller. Can’t wait to see them!

Feb 22 2013

Purim is Coming & We’re Here to Help

By at 11:11 am

pizza hamantaschen

At last, the wackiest, craziest Jewish holiday of the year has arrived! Purim begins tomorrow night at sundown and goes until sundown on Sunday night, which means 24 hours of costumes, hamantaschen, noisemakers and more.

But Purim ain’t all cookies and costumes–it’s about beauty pageants, drinking, and evil plots, too! Refresh yourself on the Purim story, and then if you need some last minute ideas to make this year’s Purim extra fun, we’ve got you covered. Read the rest of this entry →

Feb 21 2013

My Son’s Purim Costume is Miss Viola Swamp

By at 1:41 pm

miss nelson is missingPurim was never my favorite holiday for many of the same reasons that I never liked Halloween. I was embarrassed to dress up. I worried that other kids would laugh at me. I never liked my home-made costumes. And having to do this twice a year instead of just on Halloween made it all the more painful. My husband felt exactly the same way growing up in Israel, though he was spared the extra torture of Halloween. 

And I can tell that my kids share some of that Purim apprehension. Especially now that we’re living in Israel and it’s not just one evening when you put on your costume and go to shul. It’s a week of Black & White Day and Face Paint Day and Wear an Accessory Day (I’m sorry, huh?) and Polka Dot Day and Pajama Day. And finally, Wear Your Costume to School Day. That’s right. Six days of chaotic mornings deciding whether or not to participate in the Purim revelry du jour. It’s too much for this mama. Although at this point my oldest, who is 8, knows his tolerance for teasing and what he’s willing to endure in the name of self expression. He learned that lesson two Purims ago while we were still living in the States.   Read the rest of this entry →

Feb 12 2013

Purim Costumes for the Whole Family

By at 9:27 am

baby princess leia costumePurim is getting closer and closer (February 23rd to be exact) and we’ve still got costumes on our minds. If your family is planning on going to any parades, parties, or Purim celebrations, we’ve got a few ideas for family costumes that you just might like. These collaborative costumes are super cute for both adults and kids, and it’s the one time of year wear it isn’t totally lame for a family to sport matching outfits. Enjoy!

1. Sock Monkeys

Something tells me a family of Sock Monkeys might be the cutest thing ever. This baby costume ($19.99) alone is enough to make anyone swoon, but pair it with the toddler girl costume ($24.90) the adult sock monkey costume ($36.04), or this more womanly take ($23.46) and you’ve got a winning set. Read the rest of this entry →

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