Thursday, March 1, 2018

Today is Purim! Actress Mayim Bialik Narrates the Purim Story


Today Jews all over the world celebrate the holiday of Purim. Tomorrow is Shushan Purim, a day where Jews in walled cities (including Jerusalem) have their Purim celebrations.

Every year the story of Purim is retold in many ways, traditional and contemporary. Today we bring you a retelling narrated by actress Mayim Bialik.

You may know Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler, Sheldon Cooper's neuroscientist girlfriend on The Big Bang Theory, but in real life she really is a neuroscientist who identifies as an Orthodox Jew.

In August 2015, Bialik launched her own lifestyle website, GrokNation, which caters to women and includes wide-ranging topics such as religion, popular culture, parenting, and Hollywood. 

Bialik also mentioned in her interviews that her website's title was in reference to the classic 1961 sci-fi novel Stranger in a Strange Land and was derived from the word grok, which means to fully grasp something in the deepest way possible.

A personal note: In Mayim's retelling of the Purim story, the role of Queen Vashti is played by Esther Kustanowitz, daughter of Jewish Humor Central's publisher and blogger-in-chief, and Co-Founding Editor and Contributor at groknation.com.

Enjoy!

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