Friday, March 2, 2012


The Levitt family of Silver Spring, Md., dressed in Harry Potter costumes for Purim in 2011; the family does not celebrate Halloween, preferring instead to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim. RNS photo courtesy Levitt family.

Topics: Faith, Doctrine & Practice,
Beliefs: Judaism
Tags: halloween, purim

Is Purim the Jewish Halloween? Some Jews say no.

(RNS) The raucous Jewish holiday of Purim begins on Wednesday (Mar. 7) and many a Jewish kid will dress up in costumes and give out treats to neighbors. Sound like Halloween? For some Jewish families, the answer is a resounding "no." By Lauren Markoe.
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