Sunday, March 16, 2014

Happy Purim!


Today is the holiday of Purim when Jews make merry to celebrate the deliverance of the Jewish community in Persia in the 5th century B.C.E. by Queen Esther and her cousin Mordecai from the evil Minister Haman's decree to annihilate them. I usually explain Purim as the Jewish carnival since it is customary to dress up in costumes and act silly. In synagogue, there is the official reading the Megillat Esther, the ancient scroll that tells the story of Queen Esther.

There's another custom on Purim, called Mishloach Manot, namely sending gifts of food to friends, family and neighbors. While the giving of gifts to mark a joyous occasion is an old tradition, giving food to people who aren't in need as always struck me as odd. So it took a while for that custom to take hold in our household, but as you can see here, I bought gift boxes especially for Mishloach Manot this year, and my daughter is now busy packing.

So, as we say in Hebrew, Chag Purim Sameach! Happy Purim!

6 comments:

  1. I love those cute little boxes. I had never heard of Purim until I traveled to Israel during college. There were vodka ads up everywhere which said "Absolut Purim." So now whenever I hear Purim I think of vodka.

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    1. Steph, thanks for sharing that "Absolut Purim" experience. Absolut is so clever with their ads, and Purim is one of the few occasions Jews are encouraged to drink alcohol, so there you go.

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  2. Purim seems to be making the rounds, so to speak, in the blogoverse this year. A photoblogger I follow has been making mention of it from Israel lately.

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    1. William, would you mind sharing that photoblogger's url?

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    2. Certainly, here it is:

      http://jerusalemhillsdailyphoto.blogspot.ca/

      Dina captures the area well.

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