Purim is early this year! This “minor” but very fun Jewish holiday begins at sundown on February 23. Find out how much you know about Purim:
- Hegai, a less known character of the story, was:
- a person of strong philosophical leanings; his descendants eventually produced a guy who greatly influenced Karl Marx.
- a person of interesting culinary taste; his descendants eventually produced Scotland’s national dish of sheep heart, liver and lungs all stuffed into sausage casing with onions and spices.
- a eunuch who was in charge of beauty treatments for participants in Persia’s royal pageant—and gave his favorite candidate an edge with extra beauty preparations and advice.
- Haman, a more prominent character of the story, hated Jews because:
- he was never invited to a bar mitzvah.
- his mother force-fed him chopped liver, which she learned to make from the Yiddishe mama (Jewish mother) down the street.
- a particular Jew named Mordechai refused to bow down to him (Haman) as doing so was “against his religion.”
- When Haman plotted to kill all the Jews in the kingdom, he did not know that the King owed Mordecai big time, since Mordecai had saved his:
- place in line, so that he didn’t have to wait for hours to purchase the newest version of the iRunner
- money, by depositing it in the only bank in Persia that didn’t go bust when the Persian economy plummeted.
- life, by exposing a plot to kill the king.
- David Brickner once wrote a newsletter article about Purim and how it’s a great example of how God often uses ______ to show His power.
- beauty contests
- clueless kings
- circumstances and seeming coincidences
- In contemporary times, many Jewish periodicals feature strange and unbelievable articles for Purim that treat the holiday as the Jewish equivalent of:
- Valentine’s Day
- Presidents’ Day
- April Fool’s Day
Online extras: More about this holiday.
And don’t miss David Brickner’s Purim article titled “No Coincidence.”