Ladies, it’s not a coincidence that my traditional Purim post comes on March 8th, International Women’s Day. After all, the valiant Queen Esther, one of the most remarkable women in history, saved us form extinction!
Happy Women’s Day, ladies, and may all your wishes come true!
Happy Purim to all of you, Beautiful People! Hag Purim Sameach!
These pastries are called Hamantaschen. We can no more imagine the holiday of Purim without them than without the graggers – noisemakers gleefully shaken by children and adults alike to drown the name of the evil villain Haman.
That’s a story of Purim in a nutshell. Once again, the Jewish people, marked for wholesale slaughter, were saved through the good offices of the beautiful and pious Queen Esther and her uncle, the wise and righteous Mordechai. To commemorate this event, we read (or at least listen to) Megillas Esther (the Scroll of Esther) where the entire story is recorded in minute details. Every time when Haman (may his memory be erased forever) is mentioned, we make all kinds of noises, and not necessarily by using traditional graggers that look like this:
…but also anything that makes loud noises. I play castanets. A friend of mine, a very reserved lady…
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