We have still not made it home, but we left the boat in a safe place and drove home to celebrate Purim that started tonight by reading Megillah (the Scroll of Esther), and will continue all day tomorrow with parties, masquerades, and festive meals, followed by a second reading of the same. Since we are here, we might as well not miss the long-anticipated “Rigoletto,” right? Happy Purim, Beautiful People, and may you never miss a moment of pleasure!
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 the 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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