Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Happy Purim!

On Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, at sundown starts the Jewish Holiday of Purim.  Purim 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 the Biblical Book of Esther. Purim lasts one day and ends at sundown on Feb. 26.

From the Jewish Women's Archive"The heroine of the book named for her, Esther is a young Jewish woman living in exile in the Persian diaspora, who through her youth and beauty becomes queen of the Persian Empire, and then by her wits and courage saves the Jewish people from destruction.  The message of the Book of Esther, a work of historical fiction written in the diaspora in the late Persian—early Hellenistic period (fourth century b.c.e.), gives encouragement to the exiled Jews that they, although powerless in the Persian Empire, can, by their resourcefulness and talents, not only survive but prosper, as does Esther." ... "The character of Esther serves as a positive role model for Jewish women and men living in diaspora, both in the time the book was written and down through the centuries to the present day.  The contemporaneity of the message helps to account for the enduring popularity of the book, and Esther herself, in the Jewish community." 

Esther also was named Hadassah.  This from "The name Hadassah (Heb. הדסה) was one of the names of Queen Esther, the heroine of the Purim story" ... "The name is of biblical origin, first cited in the Scroll of Esther (2:7), “And [Mordechai] had raised Hadassah, she is Esther" ... "The name Hadassah represents righteousness."

Here is a fun video description of the Purim story in 4 minutes from Bim Bam - Jewish Videos:

Wishing a Happy, Joyous Purim to all!

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