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The Costume Lady: Mrs. Yehupitz Wiggelfield

Shoshie Katz

Truth be told, I was a bit anxious. After all, what could I expect to find in the house of a woman who is known not only for her brilliant and beautiful mishloach manos and costumes, but who runs a full-basement costume gemach for the whole town?

 

Unmasked

Leah Gebber

“Ladies and Gentleman! Step right up! Join us for a stupendous spectacle of splendor, a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the circus of the century!” Step into the circus ring. It’s warm in there, despite the winter cold, heated by a thousand bodies. The smell of sawdust that covers the floor mingles with the aroma of fresh popcorn and cheap cologne. Then too, there’s a slight scent of blood, for the lions must always be fed before a performance.

 

Meaning amid the Madness

Tzivia Zuckerman

Most of us race through the holiday — rushing to deliver mishloach manos, sprinting to hear megillah on time, zipping around the kitchen to prepare the seudah. Here’s how a little preparation can help you slow down and tap into Purim’s spiritual power.

 

Costume and Custom

Leah Meisel

Masks, masquerades, mystery, and minhagim. All are components essential to the mystique of Purim. Over the centuries, a profusion of Purim minhagim has developed — each as unique as the community that boasts of it. Customs and costumes — these practices only add to the Purim celebration



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