Archive for February 24th, 2010
Ta’Anit Ester (Jewish – begins at sundown)
The Fast of Esther marks the three-day fast observed according to the Book of Esther by the Jewish people in Persia. Observed on the 13th day of the Hebrew month of Adar, Ta’anit Esther concludes with the commencement of the festive Jewish holiday of Purim.
Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore About the Jewish Holiday of Purim
Feb 24 : 03 days till Purim
Did you know Jewish people have a custom of giving alms to the poor on Purim?
Known as “Matanot L’Evyonim“, this specific proscription is to give three half-dollar coins, symbolizing that the giver is part of the larger whole. Everyone, rich and poor alike, is required to give the same amount on Purim, since everyone has an equal role in the destiny of the Jewish people.
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.
Gregorian Calendar Day
On this day in 1582, Pope Gregory XIII issued an edict correcting the Julian calendar. Basing his corrections on the input of astronomers and mathematicians, the new calendar changed the rule about leap years. Named Gregorian after Pope Gregory, this is the calendar most widely used today.