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Celebrate Purim

Purim, more than any other holiday, is a time to celebrate the unity of the Jewish community.

On this holiday, people come together to share in the telling of the Purim story. An evil man, Haman, devised a plan to murder all the Jews in Persia. At a critical moment, Haman's plan was foiled by quick-thinking Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai, as they convinced King Ahasuerus to thwart Haman's plan. Commemorating the feast during which the king made his critical decision, Purim celebrants also enjoy a great feast, wear festive costumes, and throw a Purim Carnival full of games, delicious treats, and wine.

Purim Carnival

Try serving any of these delicious treats during your Purim Carnival.

Food Gifts

No one leaves a Purim celebration empty-handed. It's considered a mitzvah (good deed) to give gifts to friends, neighbors and to the poor. Combine two different types of treats in each gift basket.

Feb. 23, 2010 6:35 am
Purim actually falls on Sunday, February 28th this year (my birthday!). According to the Jewish lunar calendar, each new day begins at sunset the night before; so it begins Feb 27th, but the exchanging of treats, the reading of the story of Esther (megillah) and the feast are all observed on Feb 28th. A Freilichen Purim!!
Feb. 23, 2010 10:59 am
what do the Hamantashen symbolize? I thought I remembered the three corners meant something.
Feb. 23, 2010 5:51 pm
You probably heard that the three corners symbolized the three cornered hat the evil Haman wore... In German it means "Haman's pockets"; in Hebrew they're actually called 'oznei Haman' - Haman's ears. I just read that this might stem from the Middle Age practice of cutting off the ears of someone sentenced to hang (as Haman eventually was). Or maybe he had Star Trek ears before they were "in"...
Feb. 24, 2010 2:52 pm
Hamentshen is to symbolize the 3 cornered hat that the evil Haman wore. In hebrew the cookies are called "oznei haman" which means the "ears of Haman".
Tzippy Rapp 
Feb. 28, 2010 1:26 pm
tashen actually means "weaken", so hamantashen means "Haman was weakened" these cookies represent the downfall of Haman. there is talmudic allegory that our three forefathers, abraham, issac, and jacob, prayed to G-d in heaven when they heard about the evil decree against their descendants. each corner represents one of the forefathers.
Nov. 30, 2010 10:00 pm
I find that learning of Jewish Traditions most interesting and enlightening. As One of the Christian Faith I readily know that The Jewish Faith and Traditions are very much a part of what we believe and were grafted into. Coincidentally, Jeshua The Christ was born February 28, -6 BC, at 3:34 AM, Bethlehem, Israel. Everyone of our Faith owe everything to the Jewish People, and wish God's Blessings upon each and everyone.
Feb. 17, 2011 3:30 am
Robert do you have a source for your information? How could one possibly know the date and time he was born. Some places had sun dials but they did not exactly have a timex. It is interesting that you dispute the theory that he was born on the pagan celebratory date 12/25/1982. Thank you for learning more about Jewish tradition. I would highly recommend that you attend a Seder at passover. It is a powerful experience and many temples and synagogues can arrange for you to attend.
Feb. 17, 2011 3:31 am
Sorry I meant to say 12/25, but my compute filled in the last date I used.
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