Purim: A time to let loose!
A story of intrigue and wild recollection!
Purim, also known as the Feast of Lots, is a relatively minor holiday. It comes on Adar 14 (March 8, 2001) It doesn't commemorate a victory won by the Jewish people, but it carries the age old "They tried to kill us, we won, let's eat!" theme, nonetheless. This victory was "won" by intervention of God, Queen Esther's bravery and Mordechai's cleverness.
The Megillah, or Book of Esther, retels the story in an elaborate and ornate fashion. King Haman sought to eliminate the Jews from Persia. King Ahasurus, (considered by many to be Xerxes) accepted Hamen's orders and allowed him to cast pur, or lots, to choose the day of this destruction.
Mordecai's discovered the plot against the king and Queen Esther spoke out on behalf of her own people. As a result, Ahasuerus reversed his decision; and on the day that Mordecai was to have been hanged, Haman and his sons were executed instead.
Each year the Megillah is read in amonst a clamoring of excitement in the temple. Children bring groggers, or noisemakers, to drown out the reading of King Haman's name. People dress in outlandish costumes and enjoy the only day on the Jewish calendar completely set aside for gayiety, drinking and wild partying!
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