Purim verse of the year:
“On the contrary, if you keep silent in this crisis, relief and deliverance will come to the Jews from another quarter, while you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows, perhaps you have attained to royal position for just such a crisis.” (Book of Esther 4:14)
Join us on Wednesday, February 28 at 7pm for a Purim celebration!
Purim, the happiest holiday on the Jewish calendar, is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar (late winter/early spring). It commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day,” as recorded in the Megillah (book of Esther) which we read during the holiday.
It is customary to dress up in costumes. The traditional Purim food is hamantaschen (ozney Haman), three-cornered pastries bursting with poppy seeds or another sweet filling.
The Four Purim Observances
1. Read the Megillah (book of Esther), which recounts the story of the Purim miracle. This is done once on the eve of Purim and then again on the following day.
2. Give money gifts to at least two poor people.
3. Send gifts of two kinds of food (“Mishloach Manot”) to at least one person.
4. A festive Purim feast, which often includes wine or other intoxicating beverages.