Displaying 1 - 8 of 8
There is no reliable evidence that the Exodus ever occurred-and it almost certainly did not happen the way the Bible recounts it.
The story of Purim is found in the Book of Esther, one of the books in the Ketuvim (Writings) section of the Bible. It is set in the land of Persia (current day Iran) at the time when Ahashverosh was king. King Ahashverosh held a banquet in the capital city of Shushan and ordered his queen, Vashti, to come and dance before his guests. She refused to appear and lost her royal position.
In the Book of Esther, we read that Purim is a time for "feasting and merrymaking," as well as for "sending gifts to one another and presents to the poor" (Esther 9:22).
Nate and his classmates are working on their Purim costumes. All the boys in his class are planning to wear superhero costumes, but Nate loves aliens and would like to dress as an alien. Reluctantly, Nate decides to dress like the other boys as a superhero -- until one of his dads reminds Nate of the Purim story.
In 2023, Purim falls within days of International Women's Day. While Purim always provides an opportunity to reflect upon how Esther's story relates to women's rights, its proximity to International Women's Day this year reinforces the focus on women's rights that is present in both holidays.
Emphasizing Purim gift-giving to children in crisis. Community Contact Information: Temple Israel Tulsa, OK www.templeisraeltulsa.com Goals: • Provide gifts for less fortunate children and families. • Engage congregants in Matanot LaEvyonim - the traditional mitzvah of giving to those in need on...