Purim: A Celebration of Bravery & Deliverance from Destruction
Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. During the Purim celebration, Jews participate in a boisterous public reading of the biblical book of Esther, as well as delivering baskets of food and drink to friends, eating hat-shaped cookies, performing plays and parodies, and dressing up in costume.
Though the revelry is often compared to our American Halloween or Mardi Gras, the inspiration for this early spring holiday (held the 14th day of the month of Adar on the Jewish calendar) is actually quite serious: a time of grave danger for the Jewish people, and an inspiring Jewish woman—Esther—who displayed great faith and courage to save them.
On Purim, it is traditional to eat foods that have “hidden” ingredients to symbolize the hidden miracles that God performed on behalf of His people. Another favorite Purim treat are cookies named after the villain of the story, Haman. Try one or more of these with your family!