About Purim

Purim is a Biblical holiday commemorating a miraculous event that unfolded for the Jewish people in ancient Persia during the reign of King Ahasuerus. Chronicled in the Book of Esther, also known as the Megillah, this captivating tale is the final installment of the Tenach. The narrative unfolds during a tumultuous period when the villainous Haman plots to annihilate the Jewish population. Through the bravery of Queen Esther and the guidance of her uncle Mordechai, the tide turns as King Ahasuerus ultimately rescinds the decree, thwarting Haman’s sinister plans. In a remarkable reversal of fortune, Haman and his followers meet their demise.

Following this divine intervention, the Jewish community celebrates their deliverance with fervor and gratitude, reaffirming their faith and identity. In honor of this momentous occasion, the rabbis of antiquity established Purim as a day of remembrance and celebration. Purim is observed by reading the Book of Esther, festive feasting, sharing food with friends and family, and extending charity to the less fortunate. It serves as a joyous reminder of resilience, unity, and the enduring power of faith.

Purim, is a one-day holiday, preceded by the Fast of Esther and followed by the minor holiday of Shushan Purim. In 2024, the Fast of Esther is observed on Thursday, March 21st. The festival of Purim will be celebrated from Saturday evening, March 23rd, until Sunday evening, March 24th. In Jerusalem, where Shushan Purim is observed, the festival takes place on the following day, from March 24th to March 25th.

Purim in the news:

1. CBS News
2. YouTube Playlist with 7 TV stories of Masbia during the Purim season