Tasty Paleo Mishloach Manot Cookies for PurimSo, what is Purim?
According to the Book of Esther and Wikipedia, Haman, royal vizier to King Ahasuerus planned to kill all the Jews in the empire, but his plans were foiled by Mordecai and his cousin and adopted daughter Esther who had risen to become Queen of Persia. The day of deliverance became a day of feasting and rejoicing.
Based on the conclusions of the Scroll of Esther: "[...] that they should make them days of feasting and gladness, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor" Purim is therefore celebrated among Jews by:
- Exchanging reciprocal gifts of food and drink known as mishloach manot.
- Donating charity to the poor known as mattanot la-evyonim.
- Eating a celebratory meal known as a se'udat Purim.
- Public recitation ("reading of the megillah") of the Scroll of Esther, known as kriat ha-megillah, usually in synagogue.
- Reciting additions, known as Al HaNissim, to the daily prayers and the grace after meals.
- Other customs include drinking wine or any alcoholic beverage, wearing of masks and costumes, and public celebration.
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