Purim celebrates the saving of the Jewish community from persecution in ancient Persia, thanks to Queen Esther and her cousin Mordecai, who prevailed over the evil Haman.
Megillat Esther — Reading the Scroll of Esther
Join Rabbi Weitzman at lunchtime for a festive chanting of the Megillah, recounting the story of Esther and King Ahashueros. There will be learning and discussion. Then for this year after the service, we will share our hamantaschen virtually!
Mishloach Manot — Sending Gifts
Share Purim sweetness with friends and loved ones! Learn how to make Hamantaschen — our favorite three-pointed sweet treat! Our thanks to the Rodeph Sholom School Parents Association for hosting this event for the entire CRS community.
Matanot L’Evyonim — Supporting Those Who Struggle
Seuda — Festive Meal
Our warm, inviting, musical, and interactive Shireinu service brings the merriment of Purim to families with special needs. Open to the entire community and all ages are welcome. (ASL Interpreted)
BYO Seudah! Enjoy comedy from the comfort of home while you relish your Purim feasts. Comedian Pamela Schuller is a relentlessly funny comedian, speaker, and advocate. Her observations on disability, mental illness, family, and past misadventures have led to brutally honest confessions about what it’s like being 4 feet 6 inches (and a half) and having a whole lot of Tourette Syndrome. Pam will bring her one woman show to Rodeph Sholom for this year’s Purim After Dark event which is taking place during Jewish Disability Advocacy Month.
They look like Haman’s three-cornered hat. Or because the German word tasche means pocket, the cookies could be Haman’s pockets that held the money he offered the king for permission to kill us. Whichever it is, it’s not Purim until the hamantaschen are baked and devoured!
What? You never heard of Taco Hamantaschen?!? It may not be traditional but stuffing triangular shells with vegetarian taco fixings, with guacamole and salsa at the ready, how can that be a bad thing?! You might even start a new tradition—Taco Tuesday Hamantaschen!
We love everything about these delicious Pop Tart Hamantaschen!
Find them all here.
On Purim, we should get drunk. Yes, according to the Megillah, we are supposed to drink until we cannot distinguish between “Blessed is Mordechai [baruch Mordechai]” and “Cursed is Haman [arur Haman].” Why? Rabbi Howard Goldsmith (Congregation
Emanu-El of Westchester) suggests it’s to dull the ego. “When we can no longer tell the difference between [Mordechai and Haman], we become a bit unsure of the morality of our views. Instead of one side or the other, maybe we should try to find a space in the
grays and nuances of any issue … And then, when we’ve stopped drinking the day after Purim, perhaps we can find a collaborative, humble way forward.” Above all, Rabbi Goldsmith would also caution us to imbibe safely. And to enjoy these Purim cocktails!
As we read the Book of Esther, remember to blot out Haman’s name whenever it’s mentioned by stomping, booing, and shaking your grogger! Here are some ways to make your own:
The Better-Than-Best Purim by Naomi Howland
This sweet Jewish lady is all set to prepare hamantaschen for Purim and needs the help of her furry friends. However, they are too busy to help her. Secretly, her friends are planning a surprise. Check out the recipe at the end for the hamantaschen!
The power of Purim is its promise of hope.
Megillat Esther, despite its dubious historicity, remains entrenched in the Jewish heart. Maimonides envisioned that at the end of days, only the Torah and the Book of Esther would remain in the Jewish canon. Somehow, this tall tale, void of any mention of God, earns a spot beside our most sacred text.
We recount our ancestors, at the brink of annihilation, instead rising to see the light of a new day. We revel in the ability to poke fun at ourselves through schpiel, and even laugh in the face of those who would seek our destruction. It is fascinating to note that aside from the reading of the Book of Esther, the only other real requirements for the holiday involve gift giving: mishloach manot, the delivering of food to friends, and Matanot L’Evyonim, gifts for the poor.
Just as the holiday itself is meant to instill hope in our hearts, so too our actions on the holiday must inspire such hope in others’ hearts. As Maimonides frames it, by offering gifts to those in need, we effectively bring God into the world, “reviving the spirits of the downtrodden.”
—RABBI BEN SPRATT (Excerpted from THE CHRONICLE, MARCH 2009)
And in Yiddish (because it’s fun to say), Freilechen Purim!