Purim is one fun-filled, entertaining holiday.
Jews send out gifts of food or drink,..yum… and offer gifts to charity.
A common treat are cookies called hamentaschen. These triangular fruit-filled cookies are supposed to represent Haman’s three-cornered hat.
It has carnival-like celebrations, kids (and grown ups too) wear costumes, perform plays and parodies, people drink..According to the Talmud, a person is required to drink until he cannot tell the difference between “cursed be Haman” and “blessed be Mordecai,” ..and some (guys) get very “into” that custom. Heh.
Purim occurs on the 14th of the Jewish month of Adar.
The Book of Esther is read in the synagogue which recounts the tale.
Set in Persia 2,300 years ago, some seemingly unrelated events twisted and spun together, which ultimatley saved the Jewish people from total annihilation.
King Achashverosh threw a huge six-month party and his queen Vashti refused to follow orders and attend unclothed. She is predictably killed and replaced by a new queen, Esther the Jewess.
Esther’s uncle Mordechai, the leader of the Jews, then unearths a plot to assassinate the king, which he tells the King, thus placing him in a favorable and sympathetic position with the king.
Haman, the king’s top advisor, obtains a decree to have all the Jews destroyed.
Through a multifaceted twist of events, Queen Esther is able to get the decree reversed, Haman is hanged on the gallows, and Mordechai becomes the prime minister.
The Jews are saved.
Happy Purim to all my Jewish friends!
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