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March 17, 1989 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-03-17

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FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 1989

Merriment, Joy Mark
Celebration Of Purim

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Two young girls in clown costumes attend a Purim celebration in
Jerusalem's Liberty Bell Park.

E

at your bread with joy,
drink your wine with
a merry heart," the
Bible tells us (Eccles. 9:7) and
there is no festival more
joyous than Purim. It falls on
the Hebrew date 14th Adar,
except in Jerusalem where it
is celebrated one day later.
The 15th of Adar is known as
Shushan Purim, recalling the
fact that the Jews who lived
in the Persian town of
Shushan continued to fight
their enemies on the 14th of
Adar, then celebrated their
victory a day later. It was or-
dained that towns in Israel
with ancient walls dating
back to the days of Joshua
should celebrate Purim on
the 15th of Adar.
For those of us fortunate
enough to live in Jerusalem,
the celebration goes on for
two days. On the 14th of Adar,
"mishloach manot" (gifts of
fruit, cookies, cakes, sweets
and nuts) are delivered to
friends living outside
Jerusalem, and the next day
similar packages are
prepared for family and
friends at home as well as the
poor. Both days we enjoy see-
ing the streets filled with
miniature Queen Esthers and
Mordechais, brides and
batmen, clowns, cooks, as the
children dress up for what is

the nearest thing Israel has
to a carnival.
In the kibbutzim, also,
there is great gaiety — music,
dances, theatrical perfor-
mances, beauty queen com-
petitions, games and fun.
Purim is a merry, uninhibited
holiday — the one festival
where you are permitted
drink "Ad lo Yada . . ." until
you cannot tell the difference
between "Blessed be
Mordechai" and "Cursed by
Haman," the hero and the
villain, respectively, of the
Purim story (Megillah 7b).
That is how the giant fancy ,
dress parade held each Purim
in Tel Aviv came by the name
"Adloyada."

For those interested in
gematria, the two Hebrew
phrases "Blessed be
Mordechai" and "Cursed be
Haman', have the same
numerical value of 502, which
is perhaps an excuse also for
the confusion, helped along
with lots of intoxicating
beverages for a people with a
reputation for sobriety.
Actually, the obligation to
become intoxicated at Purim
is the only instance in the
whole of Jewish literature
that recommends such action,
and even then most commen-
tators state that it doesn't
need to be taken literally. In
classical sources of Judaism,
there are opposing views on
alcohol, with some stressing

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