Let’s Celebrate Purim
There isn’t a Jewish holiday that’s more fit for a par-tee than Purim.
Can you think of any other holiday (religious or secular) where you are actually encouraged to drink until everything is upside down?
We say Chag Purim (loosely translated as Happy Purim)! We eat (what Jewish holiday do we not eat?), we drink, we dress up, make noise and have an all around good time!
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Squirrel! We were discussing drinking. OK, the real verbiage in the Talmud says, “That one is to drink to the point of not knowing the difference between ‘Cursed is Haman’ and ‘Blessed is Mordechai.'”
BTW, I am not encouraging you to drink until you are sick! That was written in biblical times, it didn’t take much for them to feel “upside down” today, it is considered more appropriate to “get mellow.” If you do however take the words as ‘gospel’ then be sure to have your Uber app ready to go.
For those new to the story, Haman (BOO, HISS, SHAKE YOUR GROGGER) is the villain in the story.
“Purim is the most carnivalesque Jewish holiday. It is a day when norms are subverted and reversed to commemorate the reversal of fortune recorded in the Book of Esther. Purim is celebrated with drinking, dressing up, and satirical performances, all recalling the evil decrees of Haman that were ultimately overturned,” according to My Jewish Learning.com,
The most famous of Purim foods is the triangle shaped Hamantaschen (Yiddish for Haman’s pocket’s–yes, the most well known Jewish pastry is associated with our Villain).
Hamantaschen can be sweet or savory. You can stuff them with the traditional poppy seeds, apricot jelly or nutella. Or, put a Modern Jewish Life spin & experiment and try these savory Carmaelized Onion Hamantaschen found on What Jew Wanna Eat.
To fulfill the Mitzvot of the Purim holiday we are required to do four things:
Hear the reading of the book of Esther, commonly called the Megillah (as in the whole Megillah)!
Don’t want to go to services? This video from Godcast will help sum up the story for you in just 4 minutes.
We are also commanded to eat, drink and be merry.
We covered the eating above. Here’s a fun Purim cocktail to try:
Send out gifts of food or drink to at least two others. The sending of gifts of food and drink is referred to as shalach manos (lit. sending out portions).
This is our favorite. We ❤ these Modern Tribe Pay It Forward Gift Baskets. We sent one to our family that lives out of town last year and this year we can’t wait to get one from them.
Make gifts to charity.
Make an $18 or $36 donation to your favorite charity.