Jews worry about Purim’s endorsement of alcohol

Meredith A. Bennett-Smith |

(RNS) Too many times, Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb has seen the high cost of Purim's darker side, the “ugly and despicable behavior” of young yeshiva students who drink to excess on a day that is equal parts Halloween and Fat Tuesday. By Meredith A. Bennett-Smith.

Is Purim the Jewish Halloween? Some Jews say no.

Lauren Markoe |

(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.