Monday, March 9, 2009

Happy Purim!

Today, everyone's in Israel celebrates the most fun Jewish holiday -Purim. Purim in Israel is a wonderful festival. As you can see in this footage, Israeli kids and youth are dressing up in all kinds of colorful customs: angels, Spiderman, and of course, the classic Queen Ester and Evil Haman.

So what would be appropraiate Jewish gifts for Purim?
Purim's gifts are all about fun. According to tradition, people give each other sweets and snacks ("mishloch manot" in Hebrew), make noise with groggers, and drink wine. All of those gifts are very popular and affordable.

I'd also like to introduce you to this lovely and artistic design of the book of Ester by Israeli artist, Anat Mayer. Read in purim, the book tells how Queen Ester in her great wisdom and wit saved the Jewish people from the hands of Haman a few thousands of years ago.

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