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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).
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...