Purim is Coming... Let's Celebrate!

The Purim story is set in a kingdom where priorities are completely out of whack. King Achashverosh is more interested in his own self-indulgence than in governing. Misogyny and xenophobia fester in Shushan, and Haman (boo!) hatches a plan to annihilate the Jewish people. Thankfully, Esther and Mordechai, the heroes of the story, are able to foil this evil plot. However, the megillah's tale ends with a mix of light and darkness... as the Jews' relief over having been saved resolves into both celebration and revenge.

The Purim story is set in a kingdom where priorities are completely out of whack. King Achashverosh is more interested in his own self-indulgence than in governing. Misogyny and xenophobia fester in Shushan, and Haman (boo!) hatches a plan to annihilate the Jewish people. Thankfully, Esther and Mordechai, the heroes of the story, are able to foil this evil plot. However, the megillah's tale ends with a mix of light and darkness... as the Jews' relief over having been saved resolves into both celebration and revenge.

And yet -- perhaps precisely because the story is so dark -- the holiday of Purim in subsequent generations becomes an antidote to the tale. This is a celebration filled with light and frivolity, feasting and costumes, and acts of kindness and generosity.

This year, we are keenly aware of the many ways in which our society doesn't feel so different from Achashverosh's kingdom. From college admissions to the upper echelons of government in both the U.S. and Israel, corruption reigns and priorities are out of whack. This moral darkness that surrounds us is all the more reason, according to our tradition, to gather together and celebrate the holiday of Purim with abandon!

We hope that you will join us for one of the three Purim events that Kavana is hosting over the coming week. This weekend will feature a Baby/Toddler Playgroup sing-along this Saturday, and a family Prep & Practice event on Sunday. Next Wednesday evening, for Erev Purim, ALL (including all ages!) are invited to join Kavana, Moishe House and JConnect for a joint celebration at a local brewery. We will read the megillah -- with all of its twists and turns -- and celebrate with costumes, hamentaschen, beer, and opportunities to support our homeless neighbors.

Wishing you a joyous, raucous, fun-filled week!