Purim is the story of the defeat of a plot
against the extermination of the Jews.
We read the Megillah (scroll)
The story is told in the Book of Esther
The heroes are
Esther is taken to the king of Persias house
Esther more than the other women in his harem.
He makes her queen.
He does not
know she is a Jew.
The villain of the story is Haman.
Possibly an Amalekite
He hated Mordecai because he
refused to bow down to him.
He accuses the Jews of
lawlessness. Esther 3:8
The king puts the fate of the
Jewish people into Hamans hand.
Mordecai persuades Esther to speak to the king on
behalf of the Jews.
Esthers life is endangered because of approaching
the king without being summoned.
Esther fasts 3 days to prepare
The king welcomes Esther.
Esther tells the king of Hamans
plot against the Jews.
The Jews are
Haman and his
10 sons are hanged.
The Book of Esther does not contain Yahs Name.
Yah works in ways that appear to
Purim is celebrated on the 14th day of Adar.
Haman chose the 13th day of Adar
to kill the Jews.
The 15th day is named Shushan
Purim - when the Jews were delivered from massacre in the walled
(Shushan) cities in the time of Joshua.
During the years when there are two months of Adar
Purim is celebrated in Adar II
Purim Katan - Little Purim is celebrated one month
before Purim during Jewish leap year.
There is no mourning or fasting.
Purim - Lots
Haman employed the casting of
lots to choose the date for killing the Jews.
Purim is celebrated with a minyan fast before the
The primary commandment relating to Purim is
To read the Megillah
five books that are called Megillah
Song of Solomon
It is customary to boo or hiss or rattle gragers
(noisemakers) whenever Hamans name is mentioned
To blot out his name
We are to
We are to send out baskets - this is referred to as
Shalach Manos (sending out portions)
We are to hold
Carnival like celebrations
It is the Jewish Mardi Gras
Purim is not a High Holy Day, Half Holy Day
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