Purim is a holiday that is made for families. It celebrates the Jews’ last minute escape from an ancient Persian decree to destroy them. Traditions include dressing in costume, sharing gift baskets or mishloach manot with friends, listening to the Megillah, or Book of Esther, making noise by shaking groggers, sharing joyous festivities with your friends and community, and giving tzedakah.
One of the themes of the Purim story is courage. Queen Vashti, Esther’s predecessor, stands up for herself and refuses to dance and entertain the king’s friends. Later, Queen Esther must bravely go to the king and ask for his help. What do your children do that shows bravery or courage?
Purim activities are supposed to be fun and silly with a carnival-like atmosphere. We clown around and make people laugh. We play chance games to poke fun at Haman using a lottery (purim, pronounced poo-reem in Hebrew!) to choose the date for when to carry out his doomed plan. Costumes and masks are part of the celebration because God is not mentioned in the Megillah and is “hidden” in the Purim story. What are your children’s hidden talents?