What is the story of Purim and what exactly are we celebrating? Why do we give money to poor people as well as food to our friends in celebration of the holiday?
When Haman, the tyrant of the Purim story, tries to convince Ahasuerus (the King of Ancient Persia) to kill all the Jews, he says that the Jewish people are fragmented and are no longer devout Jews that God should save. Why when Queen Esther tries to save the Jewish people does she counter with the same to ideas?
The holiday of Purim is about celebrating the capacity of the Jewish people to come back to God and reunite as one people.
This is why on Purim we celebrate by joining hands together as one united people, giving money to poor and food to our friends, so that we can apply the same lessons to our community today.
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