Purim Costumes

Children of migrant workers wear costumes as they celebrate Purim in south Tel Aviv.

The festival of Purim comes in the late winter or early spring, on the 14th of the Hebrew month Adar. Children dress up in their favorite hero costumes and drown out Haman's name with shouts during the reading of the megillah, or Book of Esther, during the service. Later there is often a parade and alms-giving, and of course delicious hamantaschen cookies.

 

Children of migrant workers wear costumes as they celebrate Purim in south Tel Aviv.

A Jewish holiday celebrating the saving of the Jews of Persia from annihilation, as recounted in the biblical book of Esther.

A West Semitic language, in which most of the Hebrew Bible is written except for parts of Daniel and Ezra. Hebrew is regarded as the spoken language of ancient Israel but is largely replaced by Aramaic in the Persian period.

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