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Purim

The ancient rabbis taught that in a perfected world, only two holidays will remain: Yom Kippur - the Day of At-One-Ment (also known as Yom haKippurim - a day like Purim), and Purim - the Jewish feast of misrule. Characterized by costume, drunkenness, hidden identities and social leveling, Purim is a time to experience the world outside of our egos and as it really is: up-side-down.

 

 

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What's happening this year? What is Purim?  |   Where is the Meaning?

What's Happening This Year? | Our plans for Purim 2021

Click here for Purim B'Yachad Family and all ages community event 

Click here for the Later "In the King's Palace" event

This year, Rabbi Charna Rosenholtz will lead us through Purim in conjunction and collaboration with Congregation Bonai Shalom.

 

More details will follow, check back soon to stay in the loop.

A Little History | So what is Purim and why do we celebrate it?

Purim is a holiday that commemorates the Jews narrowly escaping genocide in the Persian Empire during the 4th century BCE. We read out loud the Megillah (the book of Esther) in which the story of our survival is outlined. The Emperor and King of Persia wanted a new wife so he held a beauty pageant and a Jewish woman named Esther won and becomes his wife and Queen. Her uncle was Mordechai who was the leader of the Jews, though she kept her identity and nationality a secret. The advisor of the Emporer, Haman, was appointed prime minister and made people bow to him, Mordechai and others Jews refused and Haman released an order across the empire for all Jews to be killed. The Jews fasted to plead for their fate, Esther revealed her identity to the Emperor. The order was reversed, Haman was hung, and the Jews defeated those who tried to kill them. 

Today to celebrate this holiday we give gifts of money to the poor, gifts of food to friends, we read and listen to the book of Esther out loud, we dress up in costume, and we have a feast, followed by a fast the day before, which is often accompanied by large amounts of alcohol and cookies called hamentaschen which are triangle cookies filled with jam.

The Mystical Meanings | Some Psycho-Spiritual Meanings and Themes

Purim, like all other Jewish Holidays, has a myriad of themes to connect to on a psycho-spiritual level. Each holiday has the ability for interpretation and reflection. Each year the holiday can mean something else because, as the years pass we change, and how we see the holiday changes with us. Here are some themes that you may want to work with this year or in years to come.

  • There are no names of G!D mentioned in the book of Esther, What does it mean to live in a world where G!D is hidden? What is it to play hide and seek with G!D?
  • What is it like to stick to your principles even in the face of adversity? What are the ways you do this today? What are the ways you could do better tomorrow?
  • What would it be like to dress up as your shadow self this year? What parts of yourself do you hide away? How could you show them this year?
  • When in your personal or your family's history has there been a narrow escape from danger? How can you celebrate your own version of the Purim story thus year?

 

Mon, May 17 2021 6 Sivan 5781