PURIM V. HALLOWEEN
Four years ago, I wrote a piece comparing Purim and Halloween for Gen-X webzine Generation J...
I always remember to resurrect this article for Purim, but I always forget 'round Halloween.
A taste of the candy in your plastic pumpkin that contains this article:
Recently, someone asked me whether I liked Purim better than Halloween. It seemed like such an odd question; the holidays had been so distinctly incomparable in my mind. But upon consideration, perhaps because my name is Esther, perhaps because of my Jewish background, I would have to say that Purim unequivocally kicks Halloween's rump. Of course, I am slightly biased: If Halloween featured a Queen Esther, I might be inclined to change my preference. But I doubt it.
Check it out here: Purim and Halloween: An Ideological Face-Off.