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Ahasuerus, Vashti, Haman. What does it all mean? PURIM!
The Festival of Purim commemorates a major victory over oppression and is recounted in theMegillah, or scroll, of the story of Esther. Purim takes place on the 14th and 15th days of Adar,the twelfth month of the Jewish calendar. The 14th of Adar is Purim while the 15th isShushan Purim, which is when cities that are walled celebrate Purim. In a Hebrew calendarleap year, when there are two months of Adar, Purim is celebrated in Adar II.
Scholars debate about the historic accuracy of the story of Purim. But whether or not the storyactually happened, it teaches us some timeless lessons:
• Standing up for one’s rights;• Remaining committed to the Jewish people;• Supporting the community;• Saving lives;• Celebrating our deliverance; and• Caring for the needyare all important and worthy endeavors
Purim is the most festive of Jewish holidays, a time of prizes, noisemakers, costumes, parades and treats.
Achashverosh —King of Persia who chose Esther to be his new queen andlistened to her pleas to save the Jewish people from Haman’s evil plot.Haman —Vizier (adviser) of the king of Persia who instigated the plan to destroy theJewish people.Hamantaschen—(Yiddish) The triangular-shaped pastry filled with poppy seed paste (mun)or fruit fillings and traditionally eaten on Purim. The triangle shape is said to refer to Haman’shat or his ears! (In Hebrew, the cookies are called oznei Haman, or “Haman’s ears.”)Megillah —Single-handle scroll. Megillat Esther tells the story of the deliverance ofthe Jews of Persia from the destruction planned against them by Haman, vizier of KingAchashverosh.
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