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What Jewish Holiday Is Today 2021?
Today marks an important and joyous holiday in the Jewish faith – Purim! This festive day, which takes place on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar (or Adar II, in leap years when two months are observed), commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia.
Purim is first mentioned in the biblical book of Esther, which tells the story of Queen Esther, a young Jewish woman who risked her life to save her people from a plot by the wicked Haman. With the help of her uncle, Mordechai, Esther revealed Haman’s plot to the King of Persia and ultimately, the Jewish people were saved.
During the holiday, Jewish families and communities gather to read the Book of Esther and celebrate the deliverance of their people. In the synagogue, four chapters of the scroll are read in sequence. Additionally, in many communities the congregation will perform a “Purimspiel,” an annual dramatic play that reenacts the events of the holiday.
At home, Jews mark the holiday with a festive meal. This is often accompanied by traditional Purim inspired dishes such as hamentaschen, triangular pastries filled with poppy seeds, prunes, and/or jam, and kreplach, pockets of dough filled with meat and/or potatoes. Additionally, Jews will exchange pleasantries and gifts with family members, friends and neighbors.
On Purim, it is also customary for gifts to be donated to the needy. This mitzvah is known as “mishloach manot,” which entails sending food packages to friends and donating money to charity. This is done to fulfill the theme of the day, namely encouraging unity and fellowship among the Jews.
So this Purim, let us come together to celebrate the joyous holiday, remembering the deliverance of the Jewish people. May our lives be filled with peace, love and celebration!