The holiday of Purim is one of the happiest days on the Jewish calendar. It commemorates the triumph of good over evil. The treacherous Haman planned to annihilate the Jewish people until the virtuous Mordechai and his niece, Queen Esther, thwarted the plan. Through a series of “hidden” miracles, the Jews were saved, while Haman was, literally, left hanging.
Now, each Purim, we fast leading up to the holiday–and then we feast! All are obligated to hear the Megillah (“Book of Esther”) read twice; in the evening and then the next morning. We also give “Shalos Manos,” gifts of food, to fellow Jews, distribute charity, and indulge in a hearty meal. For those intrepid souls, it’s also customary to drink enough alcohol so that you “don’t know the difference between Haman and Mordechai.” Another tradition is to dress up in costume. Now, perhaps, you see why Purim is the epitome of joy! We invite you to celebrate with us at the Cruger Avenue Synagogue. As always, all festivities are FREE OF CHARGE!
Monday, March 6:
Fast begins@ 4:59 am; Fast ends@ 6:22 pm
Evening Services/Megillah Reading@ 5:45 pm
Tuesday, March 7:
Morning Services@ 10 am
Megillah Reading@ 11 am
Party@ 12 noon