Purim

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The Jewish feast of Purim which means “lots” is a yearly reminder of how a Jewish orphaned girl named Hadassah became a queen named Esther. By finding favor with the king she intervened saving the Jews in the Persian Empire from perishing.

On Purim, Jews read the Megillah [Scroll of Esther] in the synagogue, include Special Prayers which describes the Purim miracle [Al HaNissim] have a Torah reading from Exodus 17: 8 – 16,  distribute charity to the poor [Matanot La’Evyonim], including gifts of food to friends referred to as Mishloach Manot, and celebrate with a festive meal. Jewish children dress up in costumes reminding them of the great deliverance God performed through the Jewish queen of Persia!

A time-honored Purim custom is for children to dress up and disguise themselves-an allusion to the fact that the miracle of Purim was disguised in natural garments. This is also the significance behind a traditional Purim food, the hamantash-a pastry whose filling is hidden within a three-cornered crust.

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