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Some of our favorite 2020 Purim costumes

For centuries, Purim has been a time of Jewish togetherness. Hand-shaking, hamentaschen-sharing, dance-floor-germ-exchanging togetherness.

But with new cases of coronavirus cropping up every day, Purim parades are a risky endeavor. Costume parties have given way to self-quarantine, and communities are conducting Megillah readings via Zoom.

With fear and uncertainty (and viral particles) in the air, we didn’t expect the usual profusion of Purim costumes on social media. But this morning, our feeds were brimming with sly, inventive, silly costumes — even if the wearers could only strut their stuff virtually.

From baby Yoda to presidential candidates, here are the best costumes of this very unusual Purim.

We’ll start off with an excellent graphic representation of The Daily host Michael Barbarro’s speech patterns.

Followed by a self-quarantine costume party shows you can stay festive and stay responsible.

One family had a modern take on the ancient idea of Purim as a holiday of reversals.

Purim: it’s a good time for wishful thinking.

One day, this baby will realize that he will never again be able to top this costume.

Meanwhile, these babies are already looking far ahead.

This Purim, you may not be able to drink Manischewitz in the streets, but you can embody it at home.

In a time of uncertainty for the elderly, especially those who live in retirement homes, it’s good to see seniors participating in celebrations.

What costume party would be complete without a nod to “Mean Girls?”

Irene Katz Connelly writes about culture and entertainment. You can contact her at

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