In three weeks, Jews around the world will celebrate Purim. On the evening of February 23, the Jewish people will gather in synagogues to read the story of Queen Esther and her wise uncle Mordechai, who bravely thwarted the plot of the evil Haman to destroy the Jewish nation.
Every time the name "Haman" is mentioned in the story, tradition dictates that the congregants produce a deafening noise with the help of rattles. Children especially have a great time practicing this tradition to its fullest.
Purim is also a time of dressing up, and already a feverish search has begun for the perfect costume.
In addition to all the fun, however, Purim also brings to mind two important commandments that Jews to this day try to remember:
"Mordechai...sent letters to all the Jews throughout the provinces of King Xerxes, near and far, to have them celebrate annually the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month of Adar as the time when the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month when their sorrow was turned into joy and their mourning into celebration. He wrote them to observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor." (Esther 9:20-22)
In this way the joy of giving is intertwine with the celebration of God's deliverance. And we want to share this joy with you, our readers!
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