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Purim: "The Feast of Lots"
Transcript of Purim: "The Feast of Lots"
To celebrate Purim people read from the Book of Esther, commonly known as the Megillah, and will boo, hiss, stomp feet, and rattle gragers when the name Haman is mentioned. The purpose is to blot out the name of Haman.
People eat, drink, and are very merry during Purim. Gifts of food or drink are sent out, and gifts are given to charity. This practice is known as shalach manos (lit. sending out portions).
It is common to hold carnival-like celebrations on Purim, perform plays and parodies, and to hold beauty contests. Some refer to Purim as the Jewish Mardi Gras. Grager Foods of Purim: The most well-known food of Purim is a filled pastry called hamantaschen, a Yiddish term meaning "Haman's pockets."The pastry itself is filled with poppyseeds, prune, almond paste, or various jams. Another tradition has it that the filling, which is hidden in the traditional yeast dough, symbolizes God's hidden presence.
A special Purim challah, known as keylitsh [kulich] in Russian, is sometimes made. This challah is oversized and extensively braided. The braids on the challah are intended to remind people of the rope used to hang Haman.
Kreplach is commonly eaten on Purim. It consists of triangular pouches of dough filled with chopped meat. They are eaten as a separate dish or served in soup.
Bean dishes are also eaten. They include salted beans boiled in their jackets, and chickpeas boiled and seasoned with salt and pepper: This is meant to remind us that Esther would not eat anything at the court of King Ahasuerus that was not kosher, so she mainly ate peas and beans. Kreplach Challah Hamantaschen Miscellaneous: The word “Purim” means “lots” and refers to the lottery that Haman used to choose the date for the massacre.
Past dates of Purim:
February 28, 2010 (Jewish Year 5770)
March 20, 2011 (Jewish Year 5771)