Purim

Every year in the month of Adar we celebrate Purim, Hebrew for “lots.” This holiday, for many, is the most dramatic yet enjoyable holiday on the Jewish calendar. Spurred by yet another failed attempt at annihilating the Jews, Purim allows us to dress up in crazy costumes, eat Hamentashen galore and drink a lot of alcohol. Some of Purim’s commandments include mishloach manot, which is the exchange Purim gift baskets, matanot l’evyonim, giving gifts to the poor, reading Megillat Ester, scroll or Book of Esther, and, as Jews are wont to do, enjoying a festive meal. When we celebrate Purim, we rejoice not only at the fact that it is finally time to buy or make Purim costumes, or that we can get drunk in public without looking suspicious. More importantly, we praise God for thwarting those who wish to destroy us and for constantly listening to our prayers.

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Every year in the month of Adar we celebrate Purim, Hebrew for “lots.” This holiday, for many, is the most dramatic yet enjoyable holiday on the Jewish calendar. Spurred by yet another failed attempt at annihilating the Jews, Purim allows us to dress up in crazy costumes, eat Hamentashen galore and drink a lot of alcohol. Some of Purim’s commandments include mishloach manot, which is the exchange Purim gift baskets, matanot l’evyonim, giving gifts to the poor, reading Megillat Ester, scroll or Book of Esther, and, as Jews are wont to do, enjoying a festive meal. When we celebrate Purim, we rejoice not only at the fact that it is finally time to buy or make Purim costumes, or that we can get drunk in public without looking suspicious. More importantly, we praise God for thwarting those who wish to destroy us and for constantly listening to our prayers.

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