Happy Purim 🎭

 

Tonight begins the holiday of Purim. This is a fun filled day of celebration.

I very much want to share some of my recipes related to our celebration of the holiday.  

But, for people who may be unfamiliar with Purim and interested in knowing some of the background, I thought I would take a few moments to explain the significance and some of the traditions connected to this wonderful and joyous holiday.

I humbly submit that my area of expertise is in preparing kosher food, not on the finer points of Judaism. So, I am going to use my own words to explain Purim and then try to include references at the end of this post for anyone who might be interested in learning more about this Jewish holiday.

Briefly, the story of Purim occurred in Persia over 2000 years ago. Haman, the king of Persia’s top advisor tried to kill all the Jews.  

Through a complex series of events that were seemingly unrelated, the Jews were saved by the heroism of Mordechai and Esther. Queen Esther was able to reverse the evil decree, Haman was hanged on the gallows that he had created to kills the Jews and Mordechai became the Prime Minster of Persia in his stead.

The holiday is called Purim because that is the Persian word for “lottery.” Haman drew β€œlots” to determine the day, the 14th of Adar, that this heinous act would take place.

This holiday has 4 key rituals:

1. We hear the Megillah (Story or Scroll) of Esther 2 times, once at night and once the next day

2. Contribute to charity (Matanot LaEvyonim)

3. Give gifts of food (called Mishloach Manot ) to friends.

4. We eat a festive meal,

The day before the holiday (today) is a fast day, called the fast of Esther.

Children on this holiday dress up in costumes. This is an allusion to God’s hidden hand in the Purim miracle. Yaffa is planning on dressing up as a princess. This is the crown that she made:

  

Raizel’s costume is yet to be determined. She would like to be a grandma, but I wrapped a box and bought bows for her to be a present.🎁 

There is also a custom of making loud noises to blot out the name of Haman whenever his name is read during the Megillah reading. This is called a grogger.

Here is a picture of one that Yaffa made:

  
Needless to say, there are lots of opportunities for fun and pranks.

The overarching theme of this holiday is that what appears to be β€œbad” is really for our ultimate good and that challenges are really opportunities for growth and transformation.

  

This is one of those holidays that is a wonderful creative outlet. Some people give very artistic and even elaborate Mishloach Manot (Food to Friends.) 

Traditional foods include hamentashen cookies, which is a filled triangle shaped cookie. Kreplach, which is meat wrapped in dough are also eaten. The significance of kreplach is that our fate is hidden.

I usually do not make elaborate mishloach manot. Once I have my costumes and mishloach manot assembled, I will post them on the blog.

Thank you for reading.

Happy Purim!

  
References 



http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday9.htm

http://www.chabad.org/holidays/purim/article_cdo/aid/1362/jewish/Purim-How-To-Guide.htm

http://www.aish.com/h/pur/m/48968806.html

http://www.aish.com

 

 

 

 

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39 thoughts on “Happy Purim 🎭

  1. Chitra Jagadish March 23, 2016 at 6:43 PM Reply

    Thatz sounds so fun Carol. .. thanks for introducing us to this celebration…Happy Purim and hace a geat time …

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  2. SimpletoWow March 23, 2016 at 6:46 PM Reply

    Happy Purim!

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  3. nancyruth March 23, 2016 at 9:18 PM Reply

    Happy Purim to you. Thank you for sharing the reason and celebration. Enjoy and God bless.

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  4. anotherfoodieblogger March 23, 2016 at 11:00 PM Reply

    So interesting for me, as I know about nothing beyond the basics of Jewish holidays. Thank you!

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  5. jncthedc March 23, 2016 at 11:03 PM Reply

    Wonderful that you share the history of the holiday. Everyone benefits from learning about traditions of various faiths.
    Wishing you and your family the happiest of experiences during this joyous occasion.

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  6. CHCooks March 23, 2016 at 11:41 PM Reply

    Thank you for introducing us to Purim, Carol πŸ™‚ We are celebrating Holi – the festival of colors in India πŸ™‚

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  7. MADsoul March 24, 2016 at 5:08 AM Reply

    just loved the masks

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  8. Spotlight Gesundheit March 24, 2016 at 9:38 AM Reply

    Happy Purim!

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  9. Dr Ruth 2point0 (Anna) March 24, 2016 at 7:37 PM Reply

    Mustn’t forget getting drunk so you can’t tell the difference between the good guy (king achasveraus ) & the bad guy (Haman)

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    • Cooking For The Time Challenged March 24, 2016 at 8:06 PM Reply

      It’s so funny. I was going to mention that, but I didn’t want people to think that I was encouraging inebriation. Nevertheless, here’s to the good guys. L’chaim!🍻

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      • Dr Ruth 2point0 (Anna) March 24, 2016 at 8:09 PM

        L’chaim! I always say purim is why there are so few Jewish alcoholics. Lol holidays devoted to getting drunk so Jewish youth don’t have the same alcohol taboos

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      • Cooking For The Time Challenged March 24, 2016 at 8:24 PM

        Hmmm. I work with drug addicts so of course I have a lot to say about this. I agree that it’s important to be in touch with the human condition. Everything in balance. βš–

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      • Dr Ruth 2point0 (Anna) March 24, 2016 at 8:36 PM

        I would certainly be interested in a discussion! I think a lot of problems with excess in society comes from the taboo nature. You tell teens alcohol is bad, sex is bad, drugs are bad….they’re going to run to do them as fast as possible. Everything in moderation is my motto.

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      • Cooking For The Time Challenged March 24, 2016 at 9:11 PM

        Oh my gosh! I have so much to say about this. Please forgive me, but I am going to need to say more tomorrow. I am putting the girls to bed now.

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      • Dr Ruth 2point0 (Anna) March 24, 2016 at 9:12 PM

        No worries! I look forward to it! πŸ™‚

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      • Cooking For The Time Challenged March 24, 2016 at 9:14 PM

        😊

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      • Cooking For The Time Challenged March 25, 2016 at 10:07 AM

        You have a facile and agile mind! This is really a coffee klatch conversation. (Coffeeklatchinsight@wordpress.com is my new blog for non-food related ideas). I am going to post there. Otherwise, I think it is too overwhelming.🐣

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      • Dr Ruth 2point0 (Anna) March 24, 2016 at 9:14 PM

        Since I took this approach btw , my children had sex later (I know cuz they told me), aren’t big drinkers (rare) and neither do any drugs. I believe my daughter uses cannabis extremely rarely. She does smoke, as do i, but not much. I hate that but she learned that from me, I suppose

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      • Cooking For The Time Challenged March 25, 2016 at 9:53 AM

        I have a long response for you. Stay tuned. I will post it on my other blog, coffeeklatchinsight@wordpress.com. TMI.βš–

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      • Cooking For The Time Challenged March 25, 2016 at 12:47 PM

        You are going to laugh. I just had an amazing conversation with someone at work about drinking and celebrating Purim. He said that we are supposed to drink in order to reveal the true nature of our soul, not to feed our body. Therefore, if we are drinking for truly spiritual reasons, then drinking on Purim is a mitzvah. If, however, we are looking for an excuse to get drunk and escape from reality, then it is best to refrain from drinking. It depends on our motives. Synchronicity! Jung would be proud.

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      • Dr Ruth 2point0 (Anna) March 25, 2016 at 2:08 PM

        Sounds about right!

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  10. Dr Ruth 2point0 (Anna) March 24, 2016 at 7:38 PM Reply

    And happy purim!

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  11. Parul Singhal March 24, 2016 at 11:53 PM Reply

    Thanks for introducing this festival Carol.Enjoy your holidays…

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  12. Lynz Real Cooking March 26, 2016 at 10:15 PM Reply

    So lovely, thanks for telling us all about this special holiday!

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