Did You Know? Countdown to Purim 2009 (03/03)


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore About the Jewish Holiday of Purim

March 03 : 06 days till Purim

Did you know that the word Purim is Hebrew for “lots”. The name of the holiday refers to the plot of the king’s advisor, Haman, to draw lots for which Jews to kill first. He planned to massacre all the Jews. Esther, one of the king’s wives and a Jewess herself, saved the Jewish people from Haman’s “lots” plot by revealing it to the king.

Did you know that the only holy Jewish book in which the word for “lots” appears is the Book of Esther, traditionally read on Purim?

The most festive of Jewish holidays, Purim is a time of prizes, noisemakers, costumes and treats. The Festival of Purim commemorates a major victory over oppression and is recounted in the Megillah, the scroll of the story of Esther. Purim begins at sundown on the 09th of March.

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to Purim! So stop by again tomorrow or for those with no patience you can visit our Purim celebration for our list of Did You Know? Purim facts.

One Response to “Did You Know? Countdown to Purim 2009 (03/03)”

  1. Lynn Gambino Says:

    Ester was the queen, not just one of his wives. You don’t mention Mordacai, who was the man who raised Ester and gave her all the information to relay to the king. It is because of Mordacai that the Jews were saved from death.

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