The Story of Purim
Purim celebrates the bravery of Esther and Mordechai and the deliverance of the Jewish people from the cruelty of oppression.
In Persia, King Ahashverosh held a competition to choose a new queen. Mordechai, a Jewish man, encouraged his cousin Esther to compete. When Esther won, she followed Mordechai’s advice and did not reveal her Jewish identity to the king.
Meanwhile, the king's evil adviser, Haman, paraded through the streets demanding that all bow down to him. Because Jews bow only to God, Mordechai refused, and Haman decided to kill all the Jews in the Persian empire. He convinced Ahashverosh to support his plan and cast purim ("lots") to determine the day he would carry out his evil deed.
Mordechai alerted Esther to Haman's evil plot. Esther revealed her Jewish identity to the King, convincing him to save the Jews. Haman was hanged, Mordechai became the royal vizier, and the Jews of Persia celebrated their narrow escape.
This story is one of the most beloved in the Jewish community, because of the hope that it gives a minority living in an oftentimes hostile majority culture.
March 20, 2019 - Members and friends of all ages joined us for a Megillah reading and the story of Purim.
Rabbi Joel Sisenwine spent Purim in Israel...a celebration with some unexpected surprises!
A photo slide show of our community celebrating Purim 5779!