From Jews comes the holiday of Purim — the most joyous holiday in Judaism

© 2018 AFP / Menahem Ciappesoni Purim in Jerusalem, Israel<img src="/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2018/02/e3677ba131e70f61ce59d41e6fc77405.jpg" alt="From Jews comes the holiday of Purim — the most joyous holiday in Judaism” />© AFP 2018 / Menahem Kahana on Wednesday Evening, Jews begin to celebrate Purim — the most joyous holiday in Judaism, symbolizing the joy of the survivors from the perished people.

According to the Jewish calendar, Purim occurs on the 14th of the month Adar and ends the next day. In 2018 these dates fall on 28 February and 1 March.
© 2018 AFP / Menahem Ciappesoni Purim in Jerusalem, IsraelFrom Jews comes the holiday of Purim — the most joyous holiday in Judaism© AFP 2018 / Menahem Ciappesoni Purim in Jerusalem, Israel
The legend says that the Persian courtier Haman wished to destroy the entire Jewish people due to the fact that the Jew Mordecai, living in the capital of Persia, have not bowed the knee before him. Slander and deception nobleman convinced king Ahasuerus to sign a decree, allowing to carry out his plan. To determine the day to implement his murderous plan, Haman cast lots (in Akkadian «Puru») — it is hence the name of the holiday Purim.

Saved the Jewish people, the brave Queen Esther, wife of Ahasuerus, and the niece of Mordecai told the king about the real plans of Haman and convincing to let the Jews defend themselves. As a result, the Jewish people were saved. The son of Ahasuerus and Esther Darius II later restored the Temple in Jerusalem, destroyed by the Babylonian ruler Nebuchadnezzar in the year 423 BC.

«Purim reminds us that each is a responsibility, everybody has to play the role that God has written specifically for him – to do what God wants him to do what God instructs him through the Torah and commandments,» — said in greeting the chief Rabbi of Russia Berl Lazar.

The Rabbi encouraged the faithful never to forget, «God is always there, he always will help and will solve any problem.» However, you need to «honestly and joyfully to serve him by obeying his law and his commandments.»

On the eve of Purim, the Jews sawm («fast of Esther»)and go to the synagogue for the reading of the Scroll of Esther — part Tanakh (Hebrew Bible), telling the story of the rescue of Jews. The legend read aloud at a special handwritten parchment scrolls and this tradition is one of the main for Purim.
© RIA Novosti / Ruslan to Krivobokova in photomontagist dedicated to the Jewish holiday of Purim, held in the Moscow Jewish community centerFrom Jews comes the holiday of Purim — the most joyous holiday in Judaism© RIA Novosti / Ruslan to Krivobokova in photomontagist dedicated to the Jewish holiday of Purim, held in the Moscow Jewish community center
Important commandments of the holiday are Mishloach the Manot and Matanot Le evyonim, that require the Jews to send each other treats, as well as to make gifts to the poor.

Traditionally arranged Purimshpil — carnival view, and as Purim treats definitely baked triangular cookies «gomantak» («Haman’s ears»). A special place in the traditions of Purim is a festive meal. Purim is the only day of the year, when Jews are told to not just celebrate and enjoy, but also drunk drunk in memory of the feast, during which Esther persuaded the king to cancel his decree to kill the Jews and allow them to defend themselves.

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