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Purim Sameach! Happy Purim!
  We're All One Family!Happy Shushan Purim!  
On Monday night and Tuesday, March 20-21 (13-14th Adar II), we celebrate Purim. It recalls the miracle that G-d performed for us in the days of Mordechai and Esther, by saving the Jewish people from wicked Haman. Here are some Purim Fun Facts!

  • Purim means "lots." Haman cast lots to pick the date to kill all the Jews. He picked Adar, the month during which Moses passed away. He thought it would be an "unlucky" month for us. But since Moses was also born in Adar, it turned out to be an unlucky month for Haman!

  • On Purim, it's a custom to eat 3-cornered cookies called Hamantaschen. Some say the cookies are shaped like Haman's 3-cornered hat. Other say that the 3 corners recall the merit of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

  • On Purim, it's a custom to wear costumes to recall the fact that Esther hid her Jewish identity from King Achashveirosh. We also make noise when we hear the name of Haman read in the Megillah.


  We're All One Family!Happy Shushan Purim!  

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