These words come from the Book of Esther – Megillat Ester that is read twice during the holiday of Purim. It is a wonderful fun-filled time when everything is turned upside-down. Here, in Israel it is celebrated with much, much happiness and enthusiasm.
The first clue that Purim was really close came exactly a week before it. There were kids playing with fireworks all over. It was very unusual to hear them go off, but we got used to that fast.
Then there was a big costume debate – who will be dressed as what. We bought some and borrowed much more so DS #2 and DS #3 got to change the costumes when they felt like it.
On Friday all schools here had a huge Purim Fair – kids dressed up and were entertained and got to play fun games, eat junky food and had tons of fun. One of our friends dressed up as a cutlass welding pirate, the girls’ Principal changed from Farmer into a Rabbit. My kids loved it. I, in turn, loved watching all the kids streaming to the bus stops to board the buses to school. They were wearing the costumes already and since there are lots of kids on our street it was a wonderful scene.
The festivities really started on Saturday night with the first reading of the Megillat Ester, much good food and definitely much drink for the adults.
Then, Sunday morning, there was a second Megillah Reading, kids and many adults were dressed up in costumes and armed with noise makers. Then there was a much anticipated delivery of food gifts to friends. Then seudat Purim – a Purim feast shared this year with many new friends.
We had wonderful time. The food was very good and the drink was plentiful.
Once again we felt very strongly that we made the right choice. Purim was big in New York, but nothing like it is here. We are so happy we could be a part of it.