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Monday, March 24, 2008

A Purim party!










Purim, perhaps one of the most spirited Jewish holidays, is a time for costumes, noisemakers and treats, making it a popular Jewish holiday for children everywhere, as they love to put on Purim costumes. That was true at Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy in Ornage, where Purim was celebrated with the reading of the Megillah, which tells the story of Queen Esther and how she saved her people from destruction at the hands of the evil Haman. It is also celebrated with the giving of gift baskets to friends, family and the needy, which is referred to as shalach manos, or literally, sending out portions). A common treat at this time of year is hamentaschen, literally Haman’s pockets. These triangular fruit-filled cookies are supposed to represent Haman’s three-cornered hat.

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