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Theatrical play performed in connection with the festival of Purim (Course of the Year), documented from the 16th century onward in Ashkenazi areas (Ashkenaz). In the early modern Purim-shpil, carnivalesque elements of medieval tradition were blended together both with biblical literature and with the symbolic subject of the salvation of the Jewish people described in the Book of Esther. During the Jewish Enlightenment (Haskalah), …

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Michels, Evi, “Purim-shpil”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 22 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0712>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20221116

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