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Purim: Honoring the story of Esther and Mordecai | Immanuel Tours 

 

PURIM'S ORIGINS

With celebrations including costumes, skits and songs, noisemakers, and gifts of food, Purim is definitely full of fun! Purim is a joyous holiday that affirms and celebrates Jewish survival and continuity throughout history. The main communal celebration involves a public reading—usually in the synagogue—of the Book of Esther (M'gillat Esther), which tells the story of the holiday: Under the rule of King Ahashverosh, Haman, the king's adviser, plots to exterminate all of the Jews of Persia. His plan is foiled by Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai, who ultimately save the Jews of Persia from destruction. The reading of the m'gillah typically is a rowdy affair, punctuated by booing and noise-making when Haman's name is read aloud.

Purim is an unusual holiday in many respects. First, Esther is the only biblical book in which God is not mentioned. Second, Purim, like Hanukkah, is viewed as a minor festival according to Jewish custom, but has been elevated to a major holiday as a result of the Jewish historical experience. Over the centuries, Haman has come to symbolize every anti-Semite in every land where Jews were oppressed. The significance of Purim lies not so much in how it began, but in what it has become: a thankful and joyous affirmation of Jewish survival.

CELEBRATING PURIM 2021 AT BETH EMETH:
Purim begins on the evening of Feb 25th and ends at sundown, Feb 26th.

FEBRUARY 18th AT 7:00 PM - HAMENTASHEN BAKING WORKSHOP: 
Join Sisterhood,CBEYG & The Einhorn Center For Religious Education for a fun Hamentashen Workshop via Live Stream.  CLICK HERE to go to Live Stream (Religious School family's access this program via zoom)  Questions?  Contact Shara Siegfeld

FEBRUARY 26th AT 5:30 PM - PURIM SERVICE & A SEUSS-SHAN PURIM SPIEL!
Join us via Live Stream on the CBE web site. Dress in your Purim costume for a fun Service & Purim + Our CBE Purim Video. Questions? Contact Deb Sokoler 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH 4:30 - 5:30 PM - PURIM BROOKS BBQ CHICKEN DINNER
Come to Beth Emeth and pick up dinner! Pre-registration only, please! $13/dinner which includes chicken, baked potato, roll, cole slaw and hamentashen. Order by Feb 26th. CLICK HERE to order & pay for your dinners.  Questions? contact Deb Sokoler 

 

 

 

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