Purim

Event at Calgary JCC



Time Price
Thurs, 12am - 11:59pm
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This jolly festivity commemorates the defeat of Haman’s plot, the prime minister of King Ahasuerus of the Persian Empire. During 357 BCE, Haman planned to massacre the Jews, as recorded in the book of Esther in the Torah. The Jews were saved by the heroic Qu en Esther, who married Ahasuerus. 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. We celebrate dressing up in costume, some people choose to
dress as characters from the Purim story. It is a mitzvah (commandment) to listen to the story of Purim
chanted from Megillat Esther (“The Scroll of Esther”). We also send Mishloach manot, packages of treats
and goodies to friends and family. A traditional cookie is eaten called Hamentaschen, which our seniors
department at the JCC bake every year!





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