BE HAPPY…IT’S ADAR
According to Jewish tradition, when the Messiah comes, EVERY Jewish holiday will disappear…except for Purim. Why? Because Purim is a holiday of pure joy, when we celebrate our essential Jewish identities. It is a time to take OFF our masks of assimilation and acculturation and to rejoice in our Jewishness.
The fact of the matter is that the story of Purim (as told in the Biblical book of Esther) is both complicated and problematic. Not only is it the only book of the Bible not to mention the name of God, a majority of scholars believe that it is not a true story at all. Perhaps it is allegory. Perhaps it is historical fiction. Perhaps it is the Judaization of a pagan tale. Perhaps it is meant to instruct the reader on behaviors and identities.
(If you want to know more about the story of Purim, join me on Wednesday, 10:00-11:30 am.During our weekly Bible study, we will explore the story of Purim and discover where it may have come from and what are the messages we learn.)
Regardless of its origin or purpose, today it has come to be a “moment” in the Jewish year. We have raucous fun dressing in costumes, holding carnivals, celebrating with drink and food.
But there are four mitzvot that are essential to Purim. And you can observe all of them.
The four are:
On Wednesday evening and Thursday – the days on which Purim falls this year, consider fulfilling these four acts. How?
Glad you asked!
Purim is Carnival, Mardi Gras, and Halloween all rolled up into one festive day. Take a moment this Wednesday and Thursday and remember the lesson….
They tried to kill us.
They didn’t succeed.