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"The Jews ordained and took upon themselves and upon their descendants... that these days of Purim should not cease from among the Jews, nor the memory of them perish from among their descendants… to observe these days of Purim at their appointed time" (Esther 9:27-31)

Purim, which literally means “lots” and is sometimes known as the Feast of Lots, is the Jewish holiday in which Jews commemorate being saved from persecution in the ancient Persian Empire. According to the Book of Esther in the Torah, the Jewish people of the city of Shushan were threatened by the villain Haman, a prime minister who convinces the King Ahasuerus to kill all the Jews (because the Jewish Mordecai refused to bow down to Haman). Haman casts lots (hence the name of the holiday) to determine the date he would carry out his plan: the 13th of Adar. In the end, the Jews are saved by the heroic Queen Esther, Mordecai’s niece (and adopted daughter), who married Ahasuerus (after he banished his first, rebellious wife Vashti). When Ahasuerus discovers that his wife Esther is Jewish, he decides to reverse Haman’s decree, and instead of the Jews being killed, Haman, his sons, and other enemies are killed instead.

Purim is celebrated on the 14th of Adar, the day after the Jews emerged victorious against the evil Haman.


Purim (online!) 

Thursday February 25th at 7pm

This year we are actually going to read the Megillah, in English! So come and join us on Zoom, turn on your filter and join us as we read the story of Esther and argue over the results. 

We plan to meet and read the story of Esther together. As with our regular text studies we will take turns reading this important story and discuss its significance. In the spirit of Purim this is a filter friendly event on Zoom. 

You can go to, for free Zoom filters ("I am not a cat!", or am I..?)

MEMBERS: For the Zoom link, login and visit the last Kol Sholom dated: 1 Adar 5781, Feb. 13 2021.

Tue, November 30 2021 26 Kislev 5782