Purim

Is Purim about the hidden and the revealed? About the solemn task of using power wisely? About communal celebration? About the rights of Jews and of women? A deadly serious grown-up holiday, or a fun and frivolous day of festivities for children? Purim is all of these. While costumes bring a light note to our reading of the Megillah (Scroll of Esther), our gifts to the poor and to each other echo the themes of community and mutual responsibility. On Purim, we hear the story of Esther, participate in a festival meal (se’udat mitzvah), give tzedakah, and give gifts to friends (mishloah manot). Drowning out Haman’s name is now joined by waving Esther and Vashti flags, to call attention to these women’s complex and important roles in the Purim tale.

 

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This Purim ritual centers on Queen Esther’s strengths and characteristics.
a hand holds a candle
A teaching about how G-d/Shekhinah is present in the Purim story through Her human partners, Queens Vashti and Esther.
a Purim crown
“We need both light / And darkness / In order to grow”
black and white photo of woman dancing, arms in the air, head down. She is wearing sunglasses and has her hair up in buns.
“What had been hidden / Became revealed”
light skinned woman with short blondish hair standing at the shor with arms wide open and sun shining on her face
“There is always hope in Adar”
two people holding open a scroll of esther (megillah)
“It is by means of the dark / That the hidden light can finally be seen”
Parshat Tzav on Purim

Bringing mindfulness to the act of welcoming guests through a chant and series of ritual intentions

Eight Ritual Steps of Hakhnasat Orkhim (Welcoming Guests)

“Before we drink, we ponder”

On Purim: High and Higher

Iraqi Purim cookie recipe with video

Mizrahi Purim Treats

Mindfulness meditation and teaching for Purim

Purim Meditation: Sources and Practice Instructions for Not-knowing

The Reconstructionist Network

Dreaming Our Ancestors Home: Connecting With and Healing Our Past

Connect with your ancestral lineage through active waking and sleeping dreamwork. Guided mediations using active dreamwork, time travel to the past and future, and opportunities to engage in dream circles with the class as a whole and in hevruta will be part of the sessions. Four sessions starting March 19.

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