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  Judaism 101: Purim
Purim is celebrated on the 14th day of Adar, which is usually in March.
The Purim holiday is preceded by a minor fast, the Fast of Esther, which commemorates Esther's three days of fasting in preparation for her meeting with the king.
Purim is not subject to the sabbath-like restrictions on work that some other holidays are; however, some sources indicate that we should not go about our ordinary business on Purim out of respect for the holiday.
www.jewfaq.org /holiday9.htm   (1331 words)

 When is Purim Observed - Purim & Shushan Purim - OU.ORG
Purim is observed in some places exclusively on the 14th of Adar and in others, exclusively on the 15th (Shushan Purim).
Therefore the Purim which is observed on the 14th is called 'Purim-of-the-open-cities;' (Purim De'Prazot) and the Purim observed on the 15th is named the 'Purim-of-the-walled-cities' (Purim De'Mukafot).
In these communities, the essential observance of Purim is fixed for the 14th, and though the Reading of the Megillah is repeated in them the 15th as well, the required brachah which precedes the Megilah-Reading, is not recited.
www.ou.org /chagim/purim/when.htm   (1648 words)

Purim, the annual festival instituted to commemorate the preservation of the Jews in Persia from the massacre with which they were threatened through the machinations of Haman (Esth 9; Joseph.
PURIM KATAN ("minor Purim"), the name given to the 14th and 15th days of the first month of Adar in a leap year, when Purim is celebrated during the second month of Adar.
As stated in the article on Purim, Purim is celebrated on the 15th of Adar ("Shushan Purim") in Jerusalem, which "has been a walled city from the days of Joshua ben Nun," whereas elsewhere it is celebrated on the 14th of the month.
philologos.org /bpr/files/Jewish_Feasts/js008.htm   (2193 words)

 What is Purim?
The joyous holiday of Purim celebrates the salvation of the Jews from the wicked Haman, through the leadership of Queen Esther and her cousin Mordecai.
The general topsy-turvy spirit of Purim is ascribed both to the merry celebration of the occasion, and as an allusion to how the decree against the Jews was suddenly overturned, and their standing in the kingdom went from outcast to privileged.
Purim is preceded by a minor fast, the Fast of Esther, commemorating the three-day fast that preceded the miracle of Haman's downfall.
www.factmonster.com /spot/purim1.html   (878 words)

 Jewish Time | Life Cycle
Purim specifically commemorates the deliverance of the Jews in Persia from the hands of Haman, the king's officer, who plotted their death.
The name Purim is derived from the word pur meaning "lot." It refers to the evil machinations of Haman who cast lots to determine on which day he should arrange for the slaughter of the Jews of Persia.
Purim is the occasion for parties and celebrations and a festive meal or seu'dah which is held with family and friends.
www.jafi.org.il /education/festivls/calendar/14.html   (241 words)

 Purim - ReligionFacts
Purim is a joyful spring holiday that features a festive meal, gift-giving, costumes, noisemakers in the synagogue, and required drunkenness.
Purim is such a joyous holiday that the rabbis teach it will still be observed in the messianic age, when mostl other holidays will be abolished.
Purim is not one of the holidays commanded in the Torah, but it is rooted in the biblical book of Esther and its requirements are outlined in the Talmud.
www.religionfacts.com /judaism/holidays/purim.htm   (1399 words)

 Beth El on Purim
Purim is celebrated by poking fun at ourselves and our Jewish institutions, throwing synagogue decorum out the window, dressing in costume, reading the Book of Esther, exchanging gifts of food, giving charity to the poor, and general silliness.
Purim is the holiday that proves Judaism has a sense of humor.
The day after Purim is "Shushan Purim." According to the Book of Esther, the fight against the anti-semites in the capital city of Shushan took a day longer than in the rural areas.
ma002.urj.net /purim.html   (827 words)

 Purim: The Festival of Lots   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
That is Purim in a nut shell— an ancient story of court intrigue, deception, miscommunication, drunken parties, assassination plots, a foolish king, a delinquent queen, villains, a strong hero and one beautiful heroine.
The story of Purim presents the eternal story of the Jew threatened in a strange land.
Ad-de-lo-yada, until one doesn’t know, was quickly adopted as an important Purim theme, and was the motto for the first official Purim carnival held in 1912 in downtown Tel Aviv.
www.everythingjewish.com /Purim/Purim_origins.htm   (1440 words)

 The Mitzvos of Purim
Purim is the holiday which commemorates the miraculous salvation of the Jews recorded in Megillas Esther (The Book of Esther), which took place during the period of the Babylonian exile.
Purim is celebrated on the fourteenth of Adar, the anniversary of the day the Jews were saved.
This is in memory of the miracles of Purim which were all associated with the drinking of wine.
members.aol.com /LazerA/purim.htm   (1115 words)

 Purim On The Web: Mordechai, Queen Esther, Hamantaschen and Shalach Manot
Therefore, Purim celebrated on the 14th of Adar is called Purim of the Open Cities while Purim on the 15th of Adar is called Purim of the Walled Cities.
In those communities, the essential observance of Purim is fixed for the 14th of Adar (since this is when everyone reads the Megillah) and though the reading of the Megillah is repeated on the 15th, the blessing which precedes the Megillah reading is not recited.
When Purim is in on Erev Shabbos -- as it was in Jerusalem in 5758 -- one must begin one's meal early in the afternoon before Mincha in order that one can finish early enough so as to have a good appetite for the Shabbos meal.
www.purim.com /facts.shtml   (589 words)

 Torah Tots - The Site for Jewish children - Purim
Purim, a wild and crazy holiday, is the holiday that proves Judaism has a sense of humor.
On Purim night, it is customary to give Machatzit Hashekel, (half a shekel) - three half-dollar coins (or their equivalent in local currency), as charity to the poor, before the reading of the Megillah.
The Purim pocket symbolized the essence of the Purim miracle as being of the camouflaged variety.
www.torahtots.com /holidays/purim/purim1.htm   (4319 words)

 Large selection of gifts for Purim
Purim, which is celebrated on the 14th of Adar (February-March), commemorates the foiling of a plot by a Persian minister (Haman) to kill all the Jews in Persia.
Characterized by feasting and merriment, Purim is typically celebrated in the company of family and friends in a synagogue.
The Purim story is recounted in the Book of Esther (Megillat Esther), which is contained in the Ketuvim section of the Bible (Tanalch).
www.ajudaica.com /category/117/Purim   (838 words)

 Judaism.com - Purim Guide
Purim should be celebrated with a special festive meal on Purim Day, at which family and friends gather together to rejoice in the Purim spirit.
On the Shabbat before Purim, this year March 11, 2006, a special reading is held in the synagogue of the Torah section called Zachor ("Remember"), in which we are enjoined to remember the deeds of (the nation of)Amalek (Haman's ancestor) who sought to destroy the Jewish people.
The specific day on which Purim is celebrated depends on the location; in places where Purim is celebrated on the fourteenth, it is not celebrated on the fifteenth and vice versa.
www.judaism.com /holiday/purimguide.asp   (850 words)

 Purim, Parody and Pilpul
The events of the Megillah are interpreted as reflections of the religious behaviour of the Jews of the time, and within the context of broader historical themes, especially the destruction of the First Temple and the beginnings of the building of the Second (which the Rabbis believed was delayed by Ahashverosh and Vashti).
Some authorities understood that the statement was rejected by the Talmud, a view which it indicates by juxtaposing to it an incident wherein Rabbah slaughters Rabbi Zera while under the influence (Rabbah is able to revive his colleague, though the latter politely refuses an invitation to the next year's festivities).
A typical "Purim Tractate" (Masekhet Purim) might follow the form of the Tractate Pesahim which deals with the regulations of Passover, except that all the stringent laws concerning the removal of leaven are now applied to water and non-alcoholic beverages, which are not to be tolerated on the holiday.
www.ucalgary.ca /~elsegal/Shokel/880219_Purim_Parody.html   (1005 words)

 Purim Celebration How-To Guide — Challah Connection Food Gifts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Purim is an exciting mix of storytelling, masquerade parties, carnivals, lots of delicious hamantashen and of course, meaningful Purim traditions.
Purim is to celebrate the fact that Jews survived when they were supposed to be destroyed—a victory over hatred and violence.
Purim is a joyous holiday where children, and sometimes adults, dress up like royalty—from Queen Esther to Haman—and parade around Purim carnivals and festivals.
www.challahconnection.com /purimhamentashen.htm   (677 words)

 InnerNet: Jewish CyberMag
Purim is a story wrapped in a disguise, hidden behind a costume, concealed behind a mask.
Purim is the day to conjure up images of what it was like on that first Purim, so many years ago.
The Purim story, and to the downfall of its villain Haman, is saturated with parallels to the evil Hitler.
www.innernet.org.il /catagories.php?pid=19   (336 words)

 Kolel: Jewish Holidays > Purim
The most well known observance is Mikra Megillah, the public reading of the Purim story, usually from a special scroll which is often folded like a letter to recall the letters that went out with the various royal proclamations.
Purim, like the medieval festival of fools, or Mardi Gras, is celebrated by excesses of food and drink, masquerades, and making fun of everything.
While Purim is a carnival of silliness and joy, it actually recalls a rather dramatic story found in the Book of Esther.
www.kolel.org /pages/holidays/Purim_intro.html   (850 words)

 l e a r n @ j t s Purim 5764   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Purim Together is an interactive guide to the holiday.
Send your friends and family an online purim card with images taken from the collections of the JTS Library and the Melton Egalitarian Poster Series.
David Slavitt discusses "The Poem of Queen Esther," a 17th-century poem which views the Purim story in the light of the expulsion of the Jews from Spain.
learn.jtsa.edu /purim   (258 words)

 Rosh HaShanah's Heroes & Villains   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Purim and Yom Kippur: The Day of Atonement and the holiday of Purim would seem to be the two most unlikely holidays to have anything in common.
Purim stresses the message that although human beings appear to be in charge of their destiny, G-d actually pulls the strings from heaven changing the fate of individuals and nations.
Another Purim Katan revolves around the Heller family of Prague who, to this day, gather on the first of Adar to remember how Yom Tov Heller, rabbi of Prague, was saved from death in 1629.
www.everythingjewish.com /Purim/Purim_religious_sig.htm   (416 words)

Purim is the most festive holiday of the Jewish calendar.
Purim marks the celebration of an ancient victory—when Queen Esther, an assimilated Jewish woman, found the courage to risk her life to save the Jewish people from an evil advisor who plotted to destroy the Jews of Shushan.
Purim is undoubtedly the most high-spirited of Jewish holidays and probably the easiest to celebrate.
www.chsweb.org /mc/purim02.html   (1110 words)

 Purim Section One
Purim is considered a 'minor festival' in that work on this day is permitted, although it is not considered proper.
Minor Purim, Purim Katan, is the name given to the 14th and 15th days of the first month of Adar in a leap year.
Purim Katan has few of the features of Purim: the Megillah is not read, no gifts are sent to the poor, the Al ha-Nissim prayer is not said, and Tahanun is not recited on these days.
www.haydid.org /purim1.htm   (5667 words)

 Purim - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A Purim gragger, also called "ra'ashan" (noisemaker), used when Haman's name is mentioned during the reading of the Megillah, as tradition dictates, to blot out the name of evil.
A typical Purim street scene in a Jerusalem neighborhood.
In leap years on the Hebrew calendar, Purim is celebrated in the second month of Adar.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Purim   (3503 words)

 Purim Sounds and Classes of Torah Audio of 613.org
Purim and Jewish Unity - The Purim of Jerusalem by
Purim (85), by Rabbi Sauer the Rosh Kollel at Yeshiva of
Purim: Three Bytes of Torah (33) by Rabbi H. Reichman of the Torah Study Foundation
www.613.org /purim.html   (629 words)

 The Jewish Outreach Institute
Purim celebrates the downfall of a man who wished to wipe out the Jewish people.
The Megillah of Esther is read in the synagogue after the evening service on the Eve of Purim and again on the morning of Purim.
The story of Purim is full of human interest and excitement.
www.joi.org /celebrate/purim/index.shtml   (270 words)

 Union for Reform Judaism - Purim
Purim is celebrated by the reading of the Scroll of Esther, known in Hebrew as the Megillat Esther, which relates the basic story of Purim.
The elevation of Purim to a major holiday was a result of the Jewish historical experience.
Each section of this guide includes an introduction of the theme as it relates to Purim and two subsections—one for use by individuals and families and one for youth groups, religious schools and congregations.
urj.org /holidays/purim   (282 words)

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