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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Purim!

Today is day is Purim

Tomorrow no more

Give me a penny

And show me the door.

Definition of a Jewish holiday: They tried to kill us, we won, let's eat.

An oversimplification, of course, but there's more than a grain of truth to it.

Purim is a minor holiday.  It's based on the story of Queen Esther and how she rescued the Jews of Persia from the evil Haman.

The holiday has sort of a Mardi Gras feel to it, with costumes and carnivals and lots of eating and drinking.  It is said you should drink enough so that you can't tell the difference between Haman (our villain) and Mordechai (the hero). Even the services in the synagogue are somewhat irreverant.

Happy Purim!

1 comment:

Suzanne said...

I knew about the carnivals, but not the fact that you should imbibe enough so that you could not tell the difference between them.

No wonder Purim is so festive for young and old alike! :)

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