THE PURIM STORY
In the third year of his reign, King Ahashverosh [Xerxes] of Persia,
decided to have a royal party. On the seventh day of these
festivities the King summoned his queen, Vashti, to appear
before him and show her beauty at the eyes of the King’s officials.
Queen Vashti refused to appear.
The King asked his officers for a suitable punishment.
One of his advisors argued that Vashti should be killed for her
disobedience. The King followed his advice and Vashti was killed.
Then of course the King wanted to have a new queen.
To find a suitable wife, a contest was initiated among all the
eligible girls in the kingdom. . . . One of those was Esther, a pretty
Jewish girl. Esther had been raised by her uncle Mordechai after
her parents’ death. Mordechai instructed Esther not to divulge
her Jewishness when she went to meet the king.
Each day Mordechai walked by the court and inquired as to her
Esther impressed all who met her, including the King,
and she was elevated to become queen. . .
Later the King elevated Haman, a descendant of Amelakh,
an enemy of the Jews, to the position of chief advisor.
Haman was an arrogant and wicked man who expected everyone
to bow down to him. Mordechai refused to bow because as a Jews
he didn’t want to bow for anybody, except when he prayed (for God).
Haman who then was not content to just punish Mordechai,
Haman (like Adolf Hitler) wanted to eliminate all the Jews within
his range, i.e. Persia.
Click on the picture to watch the wicked man. (animated by Esther 13 y.o.)
And Haman had cast lots or PURIM to determine
the day of annihilation. Haman went to the King, slandered the Jews,
and convinced the King to go along with his plans. Upon learning of
the plot, Mordechai tore his clothes, wore sackcloth and ashes, and
walked through the city crying loudly. When Esther heard of
Mordechai’s display she dispatched a personal messenger to
discover what was troubling her uncle. Mordechai told the
details of Hamans diabolic decree and asked Esther to
intercede on behalf of the Jews.
Esther agreed to appear before the King and instructed Mordechai to
organize a three-day fast for all the Jews on her behalf.
After completing the three-day fast, Esther entered the king’s inner
court dressed in her most royal garb. The King inquired as to
Esther’s desires. Esther replied that she wished to invite the King
and Haman to a banquet.
After the feast Esther asked the King and
Haman to return for another banquet the next night. Haman left
the banquet consumed with self importance and pride, but these
feelings were turned to anger when he saw Mordechai.
Haman went home, and his wife, Zeresh, advised him to construct
a number of gallows. Haman joyously acted upon the suggestion.
That night, the King discovered that Mordechai had never been
rewarded for saving him from the assassination plot of two
servants at an earlier time.
The King decided that his trusted servant Haman should
determine Mordechai’s compensation. Haman, intending to obtain
the King’s permission to hang Mordechai, unwittingly answered the
King’s questions. The King asked Haman,
“What should be done for the man the King wishes to reward?”
Haman, believing that Ahashverosh intended to reward him,
replied that the honoree should be dressed in royal clothing,
ride upon a royal horse.
And be led through the city streets by an official proclaiming
“This is what is done to the man the King wishes to honor”.
Ahashverosh agreed and instructed Haman to
carry it out for Mordechai. And Haman had then to follow the King’s
orders. Haman’s daughter, who mistakenly believed that her father
was being led by Mordechai, dumped garbage on her father, the
leader of the horses. Esther revealed Haman’s villainous plot to
the King and the fact that she was herself Jewish.
She asked the King to “grant me my soul and my people.”
Ahashverosh consumed with anger ordered that Haman
be hanged on the gallows intended for Mordechai.The hanging of Haman (unknown 4 y. o. female Jewish artist).
The King elevated Mordechai to a position of great influence and allowed him to issue edicts permitting the Jews to fight their enemies.
On the thirteenth and fourteenth of Adar the Jews won tremendous victories and were saved from the threat of total annihilation.
Ever since, Jews have observed Purim. Haman used to wear a
triangular-shaped hat and a gown with triangular pockets.
The day before Purim is observed as a day of fasting, in memory
of Esther’s fast. Traditionally the fast is followed by two days
of dancing, merrymaking, feasting, eating, drinking of wine and
*. A Purim-party for children. . Purim-party.
An old custom says that at Purim evening
one should drink wine
“ad lo jada …”
until it is impossible to distinguish between the phrases
“Blessed be Mordechai!” and “Cursed be Haman.” . . .Press the picture on PURIM to find out if you have had too much booze – if the bottle and the cup appear to move around you might have!
. . .
The preferred food at Purim are the kind of cakes called
‘homentaschen’ [Hamans pockets] filled with the raw opium
containing poppy seeds which incurs a light temper.
Real ‘homentaschen’ must have filling of ‘mohn’
(a mixture of crushed poppy seeds honey etc.),
but some people who do not want to toil by preparing the ‘mohn’
may ‘cheat you’ by making and serving ‘homentaschen’ filled with
mashed raisins, dates or Nutella etc. as a substitute.
But stick to your ‘rights’ as a ‘homentaschen’-loving Jew
and remind them that real ‘homentaschen’ have to be filled with
the tasty euphoriant ‘mohn’.
It is a custom to bring small gifts “shalochmones” to friends, the children
and the poor during Purim to make them happy.
The gifts that are brought on a plate and covered by a napkin or a
small towel used to be ‘homentaschen’, sweets etc.
Shushan Purim –
is celebrated as Purim Day in
Because Jerusalem is one of Israel’s “walled cities,” Purim is celebrated for two days.
New Zealand: The small southern Jewish community
will be one of the first on the globe to celebrate the Purim holiday.
in one of the big communal parks in the city.
The organizers established a huge military tent in which members
of the community will read the Megilla (scroll).
Purim in Bobov
A Brooklyn apartment building in New York have invited all of New York to their mega house party.
They couldn’t see or hear, but that didn’t stop some 30 deaf and blind celebrants from enjoying a unique Purim party in Jerusalem.
Purim in Brasil
“An Iddisher Purim in Chelm”
There are hundreds of different homentaschen recipees available on the Internet
you can use any of them according to your taste,
but if you want to make the true homentaschen that was made by your
zeyde’s bubbie and your zeide’s bubbies bubbie before her,
you have to try the delicious flavour of the:
made with mohn and raisins from the
extraordinary and assorted KOPJIK grapes
presented to you by no less than miss Esther herselfZeyde’s bubbie
Shopping list:Click to remember all that is needed for making the delicious KOPJIK homentaschen.
This is the true homentaschen that your
zeyde’s bubbie made – and the way she made them.
If you are young and stressed you might want to cut the
3-day process down to one day – and use electrical equipment
for crushing the poppy seeds indstead of a mortar with a pistil.
You can use a blender instead of a mortar,
dry yeast to save time – and baking powder instead
of yeast to pop up your homentaschen e.t.c.
You can stuff your homentaschen with substitutes
like dates, apricots, apples, chocolate or figs for saving time.
Do it then if you like –
your PURIM-cakes will be “just for show”,
finished quick and look nice,
but beware pretty woman …
they will lack the flavour and the fragrant of
the true homentaschen of your zeyde’s bubbie that have
been made at PURIM for generations and generations to
celebrated the rescue of the Jews from the vicious plan
of Haman the wicked man.
Hop! Mayne homentashn
Download the PowerPoint document and play some of the most popular
Yiddish Purim-songs by clicking the loudspeaker symbols.
We have experinced and survived many wicked men.
Just 2 of them are still alive.
Haman was a wicked man.
Today, there’s another Persian ruler,
Iranian President Mahmoud
with a plan similar to Haman in his mind –
to wipe the State of Israel and
its people off the world’s map.
Like Haman, Ahmadinejad,
this tiny man speaks openly
of his distain for the Jewish people:
“This criminal regime [= The Jews] is doomed and the grand victory is imminent.”
“If the Zionists want to repeat their mistake again, they must be uprooted from the source”.
אַהמאַדינייאַד דעם המן פון אונדזער צייַט ער קען גיין צו גיהנום
Chief Rabbi Ovadiyah Yosef
One of the traditions of Purim is to launch a Purim shpiel,
a play or collection of comedy sketches that poke fun at identity or current trends.
The 39 Shleps
A short Purim-spiel
Wearing costumes and masks while intoxicated was obviously bound to encourage all kinds of inappropriate behaviors, from promiscuous contact with non-Jews to episodes of violence. Still, some prominent rabbis of the time viewed all the wine and merrymaking as central to the spirit of the holiday, and went as far as to allow normally “taboo” activities, even mixed dancing.
The KOPJIK TEAM
wish you a happy PURIM –
א פריילעכן פּורים
A freylekhn purim!
די קופּיק אינטערנאַציאָנאַלע עדיטיאָנס
Read the entire story of Esther, Mordechai and the origin of Purim
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