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  1. Avatar Maribou says:

    It isn’t food related, exactly, but I tend to give money to the International Rescue Committee on the regular.

    And in honor of Brother Kuznicki, I feel the need to mention that the very best thing you can do to help people in need, measured purely by impact, is to buy mosquito nets for those at risk of malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases. The Against Malaria Foundation is probably who I’d go to for that.Report

  2. Avatar pillsy says:

    Hamantaschen are delicious, and I highly recommend them.

    Also, one of the other fun Purim traditions is dressing up in costumes, Jewish Halloween style.Report

    • Avatar Maribou says:

      @pillsy In my aunt’s neighborhood in Montreal (Snowden, for any Montreal-familiar lurkers in the audience), there was a block where an Israeli bakery was right next door to a Palestinian restaurant. The owners were friendly. They would both cook up a storm during Purim and then sell everything way cheaper than usual (I think they made up the difference on the booze :P) and then the baker would give everybody free hamantaschen. And some folks would show up in costume after Temple…

      I expect it was quite unorthodox, turning it into a restaurant event and having both kosher and halal food and all of that – but I felt very lucky that they liked having me around.

      Best. Purim. Ever.

      (Granted I only have 3 of them to choose between.)

      (ETA sorry I keep tinkering with this comment, I’m badly sleep deprived atm.)Report

  3. Avatar LeeEsq says:

    Your supposed to get drunk at Purim. Its one of the few times of years where heavy drinking was allowed. Purim is as close as Judaism gets to a carnival, which isn’t really that close.Report

    • Avatar bookdragon says:

      Yep. Traditionally, you’re supposed to drink until you can’t tell the difference between Mordecai and Haman. Our temple provides bottles of scotch and vodka along the back wall for congregants to sample during the Megilla reading.

      There’s also often a Purim speil – a parody play, often musical, of the Megilla. Our jr choir spends a couple months writing and then rehearsing this every year. The theme this year was Zootopia so all the little kids could dress up in animal costumes (mostly animal themed onesie pajamas). And, small brag, my daughter got to play Ester this time. Ester was a rabbit. So of course there many jokes about the ‘Ester Bunny’. 😉Report

      • Avatar Maribou says:

        @bookdragon Yay! I was looking forward to hearing more about your daughter’s experience after you mentioned her in the other piece. I know it’s a big honor to play Ester!

        Did she have fun?Report

        • Avatar bookdragon says:

          Thanks!

          She did have fun. She wore a princess type dress over a fuzzy white sweater and fuzzy white slippers. Plus rabbit ears and a tail from the Easter section of a party store. One of her best friends played the king, and (slightly unusual) we had another girl play Haman (she had a Miss Piggy costume and that worked really well).

          All the kids had a great time. Most of them were in those animal onesie pajamas that have become popular, which was incredibly cute. My daughter’s 16 and has been assisting with teaching songs and prayers to the new (2nd-3rd grade) choir kids for a few years and started working as an asst teacher in the religious school kindergarten last fall. Ester Bunny was too cute a pun to pass up, but she almost should have been a hen instead because she had a small flock of little girls following her around after services.

          She says she doesn’t know what she wants to do as a career yet. I keep telling her that whatever field she chooses in college, she should consider getting a dual degree in education, because I think that’s where her heart really is.Report

  4. Avatar Damon says:

    Meh, I got invited to a friends Passover dinner, so I’ll just do that.Report

  5. Avatar Fish says:

    I feel like that should have ended with, “And now you know…the rest of the story.”

    Fantastic job. I had never heard that story before because my religious education was turrible.Report

  6. Avatar Jaybird says:

    My Jewish co-worker who watched this told me that one of her favorite movies was One Night with the King, a Hollywood take on this story. She explained to me that the movie version does not exactly line up with the version found in scriptures… but hey. Cut out the slow parts, spice up some dialog here or there, maybe give Mordecai a little more to do than sit around the gate and you’ve got yourself a good date movie.Report

    • Avatar LeeEsq says:

      Esther is the most secular book in the Bible. God gets nary a mention and it reads more like a tale from a 1001 Nights. Movie versions always put in too much God and don’t keep it true to its roots of palace intrigue and ethnic politics.Report