The 2014 Purim celebration begins on Saturday night March 15 and continues through the 16th.
On the holiday of Purim, Jews listen to a reading of Megillat Esther, send gifts of food to friends and neighbors, donate to the poor, attend a festive meal where we make a l’chaim—“Genocide averted, let’s eat!”—and frequently wear witty costumes.
Those good men of Ducky Dynasty have joined Seraphic Secret in this year’s Purim celebration.
Today is the Fast of Purim which commemorates Esther’s three days of fasting in preparation for her meeting with King Ahasuerus.
It’s an old ( 5th century B.C.E.) but agnonizingly familiar story: An intolerant Jew-hater named Haman hatches a plan to annihilate the Jewish people in the ancient kingdom of Persia.
When I first came to Hollywood I was hired by a powerful producer to write a major motion picture. After contracts were signed, I sat down with the producer and his staff and we talked about the script. The producer suggested a specific date for delivery of the first draft.
“Sorry, that’s Rosh Hashanah.”
The producer sighed wearily and suggested another date.
“Um, sorry, that’s Yom Kippur.”
…In the seventh month, on the first of the month, there shall be a sabbath for you, a remembrance with shofar blasts, a holy convocation.
You might be interested to know that making new year’s resolutions finds its source in Jewish tradition where during this time of year we recognize our sins and shortcomings, ask forgiveness from man and G-d, and resolve to improve our behavior.
In observance of this holiday, Seraphic Secret will be off-line until Monday.
Here’s a lovely and lively Rosh Hashanah music video based on Shakira’s “Waka Waka” by The Ein Prat Fountainheads from the Ein Prat Academy, Israel.
Karen and I wish all our friends and relatives a Shanah Tova U’mtukah, a good and sweet New Year.