Purim Gone Ape…

Purim is the commemoration of one of the most beautiful stories in Jewish history. If you aren’t familiar with it, follow this link. I love that the traditions and culture of Judaism include the children–not as an after thought or sideline but as the center of observation and remembrance.

Purim is a holiday that the kids love, and it is reenforced each year as they reenact the story–how a Jewish woman stood before a powerful king and pled for the lives of her people. This is a powerful tale of deliverance. The whole nation was spared from death. Because Queen Esther hid her identity as a Jew until the moment was appropriate, it has become traditional to dress up in costumes during Purim. This is fun for everyone, especially the children.

At the Purim party we attended last evening, the children had painted posters to decorate and hung them around the room. The colors and images sparkled with creativity.

Here’s a few people who visited our party…

Bugs Bunny showed up… one of my favorites, but he was very camera shy…

What would Purim be without Queen Esther?

Angels with pink wings fluttered through the room…

This safari guide is looking for the true identity of someone he used to know…

The natives were restless…

The natives have gone wild…

One of the best parts of Purim is the food. Here are “Haman’s Ears.” They are a sort of cookie that recalls the story of Purim… Here’s the recipe…

Haman’s Ears Recipe


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