In Photos: COVID Can’t Dampen Purim Spirit

The spread of COVID began exactly a year ago, during Purim 2020, but Israelis won’t let that ruin this joyous holiday

In Photos: COVID Can’t Dampen Purim Spirit
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Israel’s government has imposed a nighttime curfew amid fears that parties and mass gatherings during the Purim holiday could result in a fresh outbreak of COVID-19. It was during Purim 2020 that the coronavirus first began to really spread throughout the Jewish state.

But even with a curfew, and after a year of repeated lockdowns and untold hardships, Israelis were not about to let the pandemic dampen their holiday spirits.

For a modern Israeli perspective on the meaning of Purim, be sure to read It’s Purim, Our Enemies are Defeated, Rejoice!

Costumed Israelis dances through the streets of downtown Jerusalem.
Bringing a bit of holiday cheer to Israelis hospitalized with COVID-19.
Orthodox Jews in Beit Shemesh reading the Book of Esther.
The weather was perfect for taking a stroll in our costumes and handing out traditional Purim gift baskets known as “mishloach manot.”
Israelis in Efrat read out the story of Esther for the whole neighborhood to hear.
On the boardwalk in Tel Aviv.
Happy Purim! Chag Sameach to all our Israel Today readers!

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