PURIM ~ Releveling the Truth ~
Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays in the Jewish calendar! It commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination.
It is celebrated with a public reading—usually in the synagogue—of the Book of Esther (), which tells the story of the holiday. Under the rule of King Ahashverosh, Haman, (the king's prime minister), plots to exterminate all the Jews of Persia. His plan is foiled by Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai, who ultimately save the Jews of Persia from destruction.
We drink wine and eat hamantaschen (a triangular filled pastry traditionally eaten on this holiday). Gifts are given to friends in beautiful baskets called mishloah manot. There is also a great mizvah of giving to all who ask, therefore money is generously given to the poor and those in need.
In the Megillat, Queen Esther hides her Jewish identity from the King. On Purim we dress up in costume to allude to this meaning ~ what is hidden and reveled. For this day we can pretend we can’t tell the difference between “cursed be Hamen and blessed be Mordechai”. We can challenge our souls to see through the illusions and take off the masks that block us from achieving our true and full potential!
Purim Samach ~ Happy Purim Everyone!