Though Purim is not one of the major holy days commanded in the Bible, it is certainly one of the most widely celebrated festivals in Israel, enjoyed by religious and secular Jews alike. Purim street parties across the country create a carnival atmosphere. While the festival of Purim takes place (officially) from the evening of March 4 until the evening of March 5, in Israel, festival events will continue through Friday and Saturday March 6-7.

Sadly, for many Israelis the celebrations will have little if anything to do with the holiday’s historic and spiritual basis. Yet there will still be many who ponder the book of Esther and God’s providential watchcare over the Jewish people. With so many clamoring for Israel’s destruction, the lessons of Purim are surely more relevant than ever!