Purim is the most festive of Jewish holidays, a time of happiness, care for the other and good friendship .
Purim is a that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman, a story recorded in theBiblical Book of Esther (Megillat Esther).
TheMegillah, a.k.a. “The Book of Esther,” is the scroll that tells thePurim story. The Book of Esther is a book in the Ketuvim (“writings”), the third section of the Jewish Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible) and is part of the Christian Old Testament. It tells the story of a Jewish girl named Esther, who became queen of Persia and thwarted a plan to commit genocide against her people. The Book of Esther or the Megillah is the basis for the Jewish celebration of Purim. Its full text is read aloud twice during the celebration, in the evening and again the following morning.Give to Another
One of Purim’s primary themes is Jewish unity. Haman tried to kill us all, we were all in danger together, so we celebrate together, too. Hence, on Purim day we place special emphasis on caring for the less fortunate.
Give money or food, to at least two needy people during the daylight hours of Purim. In case you can’t find any needy people, your synagogue will likely be collecting money for this purpose. At least, place two coins in a charity box earmarked for the poor. On Purim we give a donation to whoever asks; we don’t first ask to check the person’s bank statement.Treasure your friends and Family
On Purim we emphasize the importance of friendship and community by sending gifts of food, mishloach manot, to friends.
During the course of Purim day, gather your family, maybe invite a guest or two, and celebrate with a festive Purim meal. Traditionally, this meal begins before sundown and lasts well into the evening.
The table should be festively bedecked with nice tablecloth and candles. Wash for bread orchallah, and enjoy a meal featuring meat, wine, and plenty of Jewish songs, words of Torah, and joyous Purim spirit. Sing, laugh, have fun together.
On Purim, children, and some adventurous adults, too, traditionally masquerade an allusion to G d’s hand in the Purim miracle, which was disguised by natural events. Make sure your children dress up as good, cheerful characters.