The Story of Purim

The Story of Purim
The Story of Purim

What is Purim?

Purim is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people of ancient Persia from the Persian Haman’s plot to annihilate them.  The story is told in Biblical Book of Esther.  Although not an official holiday as proscribed by the Torah, Purim is a significant and joyous holiday celebrated by the Jewish people the world over.  Purim is celebrated on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar, which is in March. 

The Hero of Purim is Esther, A Beautiful Jewish Girl Who Became Queen of Persian And Who Convinced The King To Save The Jewish People
The Hero of Purim is Esther, A Beautiful Jewish Girl Who Became Queen of Persian And Who Convinced The King To Save The Jewish People
Haman Was An Advisor To The Persian King Who Plotted To Get Rid Of All The Jews In Persia
Haman Was An Advisor To The Persian King Who Plotted To Get Rid Of All The Jews In Persia

The Story of Purim.

The Story of Purim is found in the Book of Esther, also known as Megillat Esther.  The heroes of the Purim story are Esther and her cousin Mordecai, who raised Esther as his own.  Esther was a beautiful young Jewish woman who was taken the house of Ahasuerus to become part of his harem.  The King fell in love with Esther and made her the Queen without knowing that Esther was Jewish.  Haman, the villain of the story, was an advisor to the King who hated Mordecai.

Haman devised a plot to destroy the Jewish people.  He gave a speech the King that stated, “There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your realm. Their laws are different from those of every other people's, and they do not observe the king's laws; therefore it is not befitting the king to tolerate them." Because of the speech, the King put Haman in charged to decide the fate of the Jewish people.  Haman decided to exterminate all of the Jewish people within the Kingdom.

Mordecai convinced Esther to speak to the King on behalf of the Jewish people.  This was dangerous because anyone who came in the King’s presence without being summoned was put to death and the King had not summoned Esther.  Esther fasted for three days to prepare herself and then went before the King.  The King welcomed her and she told him of Haman’s plot against the Jewish people.  The King decided to save the Jewish people and ordered that Haman be hanged from the gallows that Haman had prepared for Mordecai.

 

Purim Is Known As The Jewish Madri Gras
Purim Is Known As The Jewish Madri Gras
It Is Customary To Use A Dragger (Noisemaker) While Reading The Book of Esther Every Time Haman's Name is Said Aloud
It Is Customary To Use A Dragger (Noisemaker) While Reading The Book of Esther Every Time Haman's Name is Said Aloud

How to Celebrate Purim

Although Purim is not considered a religious holiday as proscribed by the Torah, the Jewish People celebrated Purim with many customs and traditions. The first tradition is a fast that occurs the night before Purim known as the Fast of Esther, to commemorates Esther’s three day fast to prepare herself to face the King. Then on Purim, the book of Esther is read during service. It is customary to boo, hiss, or rattle gragers (noisemakers) whenever the name Haman is read to blot out his name.

The most important custom of Purim, however, is for the Jewish people to eat, drink and be generally merry in order to celebrate their salvation. Tradition says that a person is required to drink until he or she cannot tell the difference between the curse of Haman and the blessing of Mordecai. Generally, Purim is celebrated by a festival, sometimes referred to as the Jewish Mardi Gras that includes masquerades, plays and beauty contests. Lastly, on Purim every Jewish person is supposed to send out ready to eat foods to a friend and make charitable donations for the poor.

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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

Not Jewish, but an interesting story no less. I had never heard of Purim, so having learned something new today has been happily fulfilled. Thanks.


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bgpappa 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

I am not Jewish either, but found the story very intersting as well.

Thanks for the comment.


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA

It is so nice of you to write about Jewish Holidays. Thank you. Purim is my favorite holiday. Also thank you for giving a link to my hub about Purim. This year (2010) Purim is celebrated on February 28 (starts on the evening of Feb. 27, as all Jewish holidays start at the sunset of a previous day)

Happy Purim!


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bgpappa 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Thanks. No problem about linking your hub, I like to link to other hubs that provide more information or a different perspective and thought your was very good.

Thanks for the comment.


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electricsky 6 years ago from North Georgia

We just missed Purim. I have read the Bible and the Book of Esther is one of the chapters that is very memorable to me. Thank you for your hub.


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bgpappa 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Thanks for the comment. I liked the story and felt like sharing.

Thanks for reading.


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almasi 5 years ago

Thanks for an informative hub.


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bgpappa 5 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Thanks for reading

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