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May 30, 2013

Purim is a minor festival telling the story of the saving of the Jews from possible annihilation in the Persian Empire, 473 B.C.E. The Persian King Ahasuerus, or Xerxes, has a prime minister named Haman. Haman is angry because one particular Jew named Mordechai refuses to bow down before him, giving him the respect of CONTINUE »

May 30, 2013

(Ages 3 to 10) Materials Needed Empty (clean and dry) plastic milk or juice container with handle (quart or half-gallon), save the lid too! White glue, scissors Beans, marbles, tic-tacs, candies (anything that makes lots of noise when shaken in an empty container) Multi-colored felt pieces, construction paper, tissue paper, wallpaper samples, etc.CONTINUE »

May 30, 2013

(Ages 12-16 years) Materials Needed: Colorful pasteboard Assorted wrapping paper Ribbon Self-adhesive stickers Clear tape Scissors Tissue paper for inner wrap Actual gifts for inside (at least two different foods)CONTINUE »

May 30, 2013

Purim: Persian word for lots or lottery. Megillah Esther: Means scroll of Esther, telling the story of Purim in great detail. It is read on Purim night and again the following morning. Purim dates: Ta’anit (fast) of Esther on 13 Adar. That evening the story of Purim is read from the Megillah. It is then read again on CONTINUE »

May 30, 2013

Purim has always been one of my favorite holidays. The story of Queen Esther appeals to my sense of justice, when evil is dealt a mortal blow and things turn out happily after all. Of course, my sense of taste is also fulfilled when making Purim specialties. Hamantashen is the most popular food associated with CONTINUE »