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. Under the rule of King Ahashverosh, Haman, the king’s prime minister, plots to exterminate all of the Jews of Persia. His plan is foiled by Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai, who ultimately save the Jews of the land from destruction. The reading of the megillah is typically a rowdy affair, punctuated by booing and noise-making when Haman’s name is read aloud.
Purim is a holiday filled with hamantashen, groggers, costumes and fun. It is also a time for sending food gifts, or Shalach Manot, to friends and family. Shalach Manot is one of the four Mitzvot performed on Purim. It is a heartfelt way to create connections within our community. Through this project, you can participate in sending a gift basket to our Temple community, including Temple and religious school staff. What a fantastic way to say “Thank You” to those who help build the Jewish foundation for our children.