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February 26, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- A prominent New York assemblyman is facing one of the most awkward battles of his long political career: trying to quell anger over having dressed in blackface for a costume party celebrating the Jewish holiday of Purim, complete with dark face paint and a large Afro wig. Dov Hikind, who represents the 48th District in Brooklyn and was first elected in 1982, apologized Monday after photographs of his outfit surfaced on the Web, sounding...
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February 26, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- A prominent New York assemblyman is facing one of the most awkward battles of his long political career: trying to quell anger over having dressed in blackface for a costume party celebrating the Jewish holiday of Purim, complete with dark face paint and a large Afro wig. Dov Hikind, who represents the 48th District in Brooklyn and was first elected in 1982, apologized Monday after photographs of his outfit surfaced on the Web, sounding...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2000
More than 700 people streamed into a Purim celebration Sunday at Temple Beth Hillel in Valley Village, where children jumped on an inflatable Moonwalk, adults swung to klezmer music and local celebrities, including Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, helped judge a chili cook-off. Sunday marked the beginning of Purim, the most festive of Jewish holidays, which celebrates the triumph of Queen Esther, who foiled a plot against Persian Jews more than 2,000 years ago.
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March 1, 2012 | By Faye Levy, Special to the Los Angeles Times
You may know that Queen Esther is the heroine of the joyful holiday of Purim, which begins Wednesday evening. She was the beautiful Jewish woman selected by the King of Persia to be his wife. After she became queen, she begged the king to save her people from Haman's wicked plan to destroy them. He did, and thus the Jews were saved. But did you know that Esther might have been a vegan? When the rabbi at Hebrew school taught our class that Queen Esther was said to have lived on seeds and nuts because she could not get kosher food at the king's palace, I couldn't imagine anyone eating like that.
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March 9, 1998 | EDWARD M. YOON
To say that Temple Kol Tikvah's celebration of Purim had a carnival atmosphere Sunday would be an understatement. In celebration of the Jewish holiday, which commemorates the biblical tale of the deliverance of Persian Jews from destruction by King Haman, the upper- and lower-level parking lots of the Woodland Hills-based temple were converted into a place for family fun. Kol Tikvah's second annual Purim carnival featured just about everything for everyone.
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March 15, 1997 | SUSAN ABRAM
The victory of good over evil will be celebrated with festivals during the Jewish holiday of Purim, which will be marked at several Valley synagogues and centers beginning Sunday. Purim festivals will feature music, games and food as well as Megillah readings, or stories from the Scroll of Esther. The celebrations honor the young Jewish girl's bravery for becoming queen of Persia and "using her influence to save the persecuted Jewish community," said Rabbi Elijah J.
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February 25, 2010 | Phyllis Glazer, For the Los Angeles Times
Purim is a holiday of sweetness and joy, a time when Jews reflect on the power of an individual and the victory of the Jewish nation in the face of destruction. One of the exciting elements of Purim is the obligatory giving of gifts of food to friends and family. Jews are commanded to give at least two foods to at least one person, and they must be ready-to-eat food items. Mordecai, one of the Purim heroes, instituted the practice of mishloach manot. TIPS FOR MISHLOACH MANOT Collect any plastic berry or wood produce baskets, boxes, decorative bottles, ribbons and bows you have around the house.
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March 16, 1987 | United Press International
Children in colorful costumes and Halloween-style masks and makeup poured into the streets across Israel on Sunday to celebrate the Purim religious holiday. Children dressed as werewolves, ninja fighters and superheroes ran through the streets laughing and screaming as they sprayed white foam on each other, a Purim tradition. In the afternoon, thousands of brightly costumed children were led through the streets of Tel Aviv by Mayor Shlomo Lahat, who was waving a giant fake parking ticket.
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March 13, 1998 | EDWARD M. YOON
As part of this year's Purim celebration, students of Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School in Northridge offered helping hands at five social action programs in the area. Purim is a Jewish holiday commemorating the victory of Persian Jews over the threat of annihilation. "Purim is [usually] a carnival-type of activity, and our students will go back to enjoy that at their school.
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March 18, 1989 | HERB HAIN, Times Staff Writer
The ancient festival of Purim, which commemorates the victory of an endangered Jewish community over its Persian enemies, will be observed this weekend. Generally, the occasion is accompanied by songs, dancing and special foods, and the Book of Esther, also known as the Megillah , is read in temples and synagogues.
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March 17, 2011 | By Faye Levy, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The joyous festival of Purim, which begins Saturday night, commemorates the deliverance of the Jews of ancient Persia from danger. So why not celebrate with a menu that honors that? Persian cooking has much in common with other Middle Eastern cuisines, but its flavor combinations are unique, with gentle spicing, lavish use of fresh herbs and desserts that are accented with cardamom, saffron and rosewater. For a festive Purim dinner in the Persian style, serve an eggplant and tomato appetizer with fresh flatbread, a noodle and spinach soup with beans and three kinds of herbs, and a creamy almond rice pudding.
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March 4, 2010
Purim tips: In the Feb. 25 Food section, an article about the Jewish festival of Purim was accompanied by a list of tips for celebrating the holiday that inadvertently included material previously published by Chana Lewis. Claremont museum and gallery: An item in Tuesday's Calendar referring readers to a story on the Culture Monster blog said that the OBJCT Gallery had moved into space recently vacated by the Claremont Museum of Art. The OBJCT Gallery has moved into the former museum's gift shop.
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February 25, 2010 | Phyllis Glazer, For the Los Angeles Times
Purim is a holiday of sweetness and joy, a time when Jews reflect on the power of an individual and the victory of the Jewish nation in the face of destruction. One of the exciting elements of Purim is the obligatory giving of gifts of food to friends and family. Jews are commanded to give at least two foods to at least one person, and they must be ready-to-eat food items. Mordecai, one of the Purim heroes, instituted the practice of mishloach manot. TIPS FOR MISHLOACH MANOT Collect any plastic berry or wood produce baskets, boxes, decorative bottles, ribbons and bows you have around the house.
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February 25, 2010 | Phyllis Glazer, For the Los Angeles Times
Wear silly clothes. Play pranks. Feast, play cards and games, and maybe even drink a little. While this may sound like any college student's idea of a perfect evening, it's actually the traditional way to celebrate the Jewish festival of Purim, beginning this year on Saturday evening. One of the most important and beautiful customs of Purim is giving the gift of food — mishloach manot ( shalach manos in Yiddish). At Purim time, giving is a mitzvah , or good deed, and giving to the poor, the elderly and the less fortunate is considered especially virtuous.
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March 3, 2007 | Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writer
Purim, a holiday celebrating the foiling of a plot to kill the Jews of ancient Persia, is often used by many -- including the underaged -- as an excuse to get drunk. The festival, which starts today at sundown, is observed with costumes, storytelling and boisterous behavior. But growing concern about excessive drinking on Purim is prompting some Jewish leaders and groups to call for moderation or to suggest that celebrants forgo alcohol entirely.
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November 17, 2006 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
Fred Willard's faux-hawk is possibly the best thing about Christopher Guest's "For Your Consideration," a spoof of Oscar season hype co-written with Eugene Levy. It's funny in parts but not half as inspired as past efforts. Still, Willard is a genius at playing dumb, and he knows a kindred hairstyle when he sees one.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1996 | JOSE CARDENAS
Students from Milken Community High School of Stephen S. Wise Temple did not let the recent bloodshed in Israel dampen the spirit of their Purim holiday. To celebrate the spring festival--which commemorates the deliverance of Jews from a plot by the Persian prime minister to destroy them in the 5th century before Christ--450 students brought goodwill Tuesday to 15 senior, drug rehabilitation and special education facilities, including Lowman Special Education Center in North Hollywood.
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March 9, 1987 | BOB SCHWARTZ, Times Staff Writer
David Ezra thought he knew why he was celebrating Purim at a carnival in Irvine on Sunday. "Because Haman wouldn't let the people go, so, King Aha . . . uh, King Asha . . uh . . . oh, I forgot," said the flustered 8-year-old from Irvine, looking sheepish under his yarmulke. Never mind: He and his grandmother, Sherry Ezra of Palm Springs, were having a good time throwing darts at balloons in a booth named "Deflate Haman's Plans." "I got one," exclaimed Sherry Ezra after a loud pop.
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February 27, 2002 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is supposed to be the most festive holiday on the Jewish calendar. Children dress up as princesses and Spiderman and in an array of sparkling costumes. They play pranks and set off firecrackers. Thousands of Israelis watch floats parading through their towns. But Purim also brings horrific memories of a string of suicide bombings in 1996 and 1997 that killed dozens of Israelis.
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February 20, 2002 | JUDY ZEIDLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Queen Esther, the heroine of the Purim tale, was quite a woman. Not only did she outwit the evil Haman and save the entire Jewish population of Persia, she did it all as a vegetarian. Or, by today's standards, a vegan. According to tradition, when Esther married King Ahasuerus and moved into the palace, she ate only fruits, beans and grains. Legend has it that poppy and caraway seed pastries were her favorites.
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