Hope everyone had a fun Tu B’Shevat.
Speaking of fun, the next Holiday on the Jewish calendar is Judaism’s most fun filled-the festival of Purim. Purim begins after sunset on February 23 and ends an hour after sunset on February 24. In Jerusalem, it’s also celebrated on February 25.
We know about Purim from the Book of Esther. Tradition calls for the story to be read twice on Purim from a scroll called the Megillah. It is read at the beginning of the Holiday at night and on the following morning.
On Purim we read the story of beautiful young lady named Esther who, about 2300 years ago, was chosen by the Persian King, Achashverosh, to be his queen. Although Jewish, she did not reveal her heritage to the king. The king’s top minister, named Haman, hated the Jews particularly because a Jew named Mordechai, (who unbeknownst to Haman) was Esther’s uncle, refused to bow down to him. Haman got King Achashverosh to agree to a decree that on a particular day all Jews in the Persian empire were to be killed. Mordechai informed Esther of the decree and, through some fortuitous events, Esther gets the King to change the decree. The Jews are saved, Haman is hung and Mordechai becomes the King’s top advisor.
Purim is celebrated by giving charity to the poor, exchanging food gifts with friends, being joyous and celebrating with a big Holiday meal.
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To celebrate this joyous holiday, it is customary for kids, and often adults, to dress up in costumes. Here’s a link to a short video of Purim in Israel.
We don’t sell costumes at JewTee.com. However, we do have funny shirts and hats for those who want to wear Purim garb. We also carry Purim themed gifts to bring to the Purim party host or hostess.
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These are but some of the designs and products on which our Purim designs appear. To see our entire Purim collection, click here.
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