Jewish culture workshop: Purim, the Jewish carnival - Taalhuis Amsterdam

Jewish culture workshop: Purim, the Jewish carnival

This is the time of the year that every tradition has its own carnival, and Purim is the Jewish version of it!

Purim commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman, the main antagonist in the Book of Esther (Megilat Esther, קריאת מגילת אסתר). It’s being celebrated by exchanging gifts of food and drinks, donating charity to the poor, eating a celebratory meal, and reciting Megilat Esther, a famous story in the Hebrew Bible about a Hebrew woman who becomes queen of Persia and thwarts a genocide of her people.

In this workshop we will learn all about this story, and understand why we need to take out our costumes for this holiday. We will also get to taste the hamantash (אוזן המן), the weird traditional cookie of Purim.

Image: ד”ר אבישי טייכר, via Wikimedia

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