Archive for February 20th, 2010
Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore About the Jewish Holiday of Purim
Feb 20 : 07 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 noisemakers, costumes and tasty 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 Saturday the 27th of February.
We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to Purim! So stop by again tomorrow.
You might look a little crazy, but that’s probably how you feel, too, after being cooped up inside all winter long!
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