Some people say that Jewish history can be summed up as the following: “They tried to kill us. We survived. Let’s eat.” While an over-simplification and not always the case, this statement certainly holds true for a lot of holidays. Passover. Hanukkah. Purim.
Well, maybe not Purim. Perhaps Purim’s theme is more like “They tried to kill us. We survived. Let’s eat and get wasted!” In fact, Purim is the only holiday in which Jewish law explicitly encourages getting drunk. We do this to help celebrate the fortunate events surrounding the story of The Book of Esther, which incidentally also involved a lot of drinking and partying.
So unlike any other times during the year, Jews are actually encouraged to drink until they cannot tell the difference between the story’s villain (Haman) and the hero (Mordechai). Here is a concise summary of Purim and its customs. The bottom line is, if you are a happy drunk, have a few [extra] drinks this coming Purim to celebrate.
At Jewelry Judaica, we love Purim. It’s a great time to give gifts to those you love or to the less fortunate. These “mishloach manot” are typically food and drink goodies to help other people celebrate on Purim. However, since we are not in the food and drink business, we’ll show off a few of our Purim themed jewelry items that can also get people in the Purim spirit:
Noise and Food. Grogger and Hamantashen. Two of the reasons kids love Purim.