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.