Plastered for Purim

Jewish people worldwide will celebrate on the 14th of Adar (Jewish lunar calendar), while residents of walled cities – like Shushan (an ultra-orthodox community in Salem, NY) – celebrate on the 15th of Adar. This holiday called "Purim" is the most joyous holiday on the Jewish calendar.  Makes me happy to be a Jew when my religion pretty much makes it a commandment to drink and be happy!

My non-Jewish friends would always ask me about why we as Jews celebrated this or that event. The story of the day and be complicated to explain. In short, sum it up with "They tried to kill us, it failed, let's eat".  It, of course, is a huge oversimplification and does not do justice to the observance of any Jewish holiday (though complicated, the stories are usually beautiful and awesome), but we won't go into that here.  We just wanted you to know that we were in serious celebrations mode and though St. Pat's day is not our holiday, we will be pretty drunk and full of cabbage throughout this weekend.  Happy Purim!

1 comment:

  1. I might not remember everything you tell me about the Jewish holidays, but I like learning more about them and therefore, you!


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