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n. A specific humorous skit or play using themes or base storyline of the book of Esther in honor of the holiday of Purim, but often including jokes or settings relevant to the local community or current events; in short, "a satiric Purim play" (Steinmetz, Dictionary of Jewish Usage).
"Temple Rodef Shalom has a tradition of employing Broadway shows, pop songs, and humor to create show-stopping versions of the Purim Spiel." (source)
"In this year's Purim shpiel, the rabbi of the shul acted as the President, making fun of him by making him seem like Achashveirosh [the king in the Purim story]."
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Yid. פּורימשפּיל/פּורים־שפּיל purimshpil 'Purim play', from פּורים purim 'Purim' + שפּיל shpil 'performance, show'
Purim shpil, Purim shpiel, Purimspiel
See also spiel.
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