Rosh Chodesh: Adar
Rosh Chodesh: Adar means that the Hebrew month of Adar beings on Feb. 26-27. It is a joyous month for Jews, bringing the birth of Moses and the holiday of Purim.
Moses, the greatest prophet of Israel, was born and died on the 7th day of Adar. It is characteristic of the righteous of Israel that the day which makes their entrance into this world, is the same calendar date which marks their departure from this world and entry into the next world. This is a manifestation of the principle that the righteous fill their days and their years with their good deeds. Therefore, the years of their lives reach perfect completion before they depart from the world.
Adar 13: The Fast of Esther
Esther ordered the entire house of Israel to fast on her behalf, to beseech G-d to grant her protection and success as she approached King Achashverosh to convince him to foil Haman’s evil plans.
Adar 14: Purim
Purim is the holiday which we celebrate the reversal of the death decree of Jews in
Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. It commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination.
The story of Purim is told in the Biblical book of Esther. The heroes of the story are Esther, a beautiful young Jewish woman living in Persia, and her cousin Mordecai, who raised her as if she were his daughter. Esther was taken to the house of Ahasuerus, King of Persia, to become part of his harem. King Ahasuerus loved Esther more than his other women and made Esther queen, but the king did not know that Esther was a Jew, because Mordecai told her not to reveal her identity. Read more
Children (of all ages) dress up in costumes – we are “hiding from Ham#n.” At synagogue, we read the Book of Esther from a scroll, known as Megillat Ester. It’s the source of the word “megillah.” Since it’s a long reading, sometimes the middle chapters are done as a play with Hebrew school kids and parents acting the roles of the characters.
Noisemakers (Gragers) are passed out and whenever the name “Ham#n” is mentioned, we drown out the name of this evil person.
Pastries or cookies named Hamentaschen are made an eaten for Purim. My favorite are the chocolate. If you’d like to make them, here is 1 recipe.