Purim is a Jewish Halloween, a Jewish Mardi Gras and a secular New Year rolled into one. And it is not just a holiday for children who know immediately that anything with a costume will be fun. All Jews are commanded to be silly and celebrate the ancient victory against their adversaries by giving gifts of food to friends and to the poor.
Purim comes in the late winter or early spring. Jews have celebrated by dressing up as both the heroes and villains of the Purim story, as they chase away their winter doldrums and acknowledge that Purim brings springtime.
InterfaithFamily is proud to offer Purim, a booklet explaining the holiday, its customs and traditions.
The Purim story highlights intermarriage—Esther, who marries a non-Jew, is a hero!
Purim at home and in your community:
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