This year, the Jewish festival of Purim falls on Saturday night and continues until Sunday night.
Purim is one of the most joyous of the Jewish holidays. We dress up in costumes, eat a big meal, exchange food parcels and give to the poor. The adults also get to drink copious amounts of alcohol – all in the name of celebrating this joyous occasion. So if I do not blog on Sunday, you will know why. (Although being drunk has not stopped some people from blogging).
And the reason for all of these festivities? An evil man called Haman tried to annihilate us, but we were saved.
(Come to think of it, almost every Jewish holiday falls into one of the following categories:
So it is not without irony that in the eyes of the PLO Arabs, Purim has been seen, and continues to be seen, as an opportunity to attempt to finish the job that Haman started. I just hope that history repeats itself. And on that note – happy Purim y’all!
Update: I recommend viewing this video presentation for a more contemporary take on Purim.