One of the negative claims that the evil Haman has against the Jewish people in the book of Esther, is that they are “a scattered and dispersed people” (Esther 3,8). As part of our Purim celebrations we do our best to NOT be neither scattered nor dispersed, but rather closely knit together and caring for each other. So, – we give sweet gifts to neighbors and friends, and monetary donations to the poor among us.
We took gifts to school on the last day there, later we drove around to deliver gifts to friends in the wider Jerusalem area, and here is a photo of our daughter taking little sweet gifts to neighbors this morning:
This part is really one of the favorite parts of the Purim-celebrations for the kids. The making of the mishloach manot. The delivering of them. And of course, – the receiving of them… 🙂
The content of these sweet gifts is, well, – sweet… We put homemade Hamentashen in ours, along with various candy, maybe a Purim-toy, and maybe some wine. Some of the packages even look like Hamentashen, or as we call them in Hebrew; Oznei Haman, – Haman’s Ears…
We have given out lots of those sweet gifts during the last few days, – and don’t worry, we have received a whole lot ourselves too… The candy is literally covering our kitchen counters, and what to do when you are like a child around candy, – enjoy, enjoy, enjoy… (cannot possibly be any good for the upcoming marathon…).
We have thoroughly enjoyed these Purim-days, with everything from hosting a large and loud, fun Purim Party to just enjoying family time and having the kids home from school. In Jerusalem, because it is a walled city, we celebrate a day after people who do not live in walled cities, and this day is called Shushan Purim.
Today we made it downtown and enjoyed the celebrations in the streets of Jerusalem. We were far from alone, but if we had wanted to be by ourselves we would have stayed home… 😉
These are some of the people we met downtown… And just afterwards we bumped into Pinocchio!
And just look at the view we have as we round a corner:
Privileged, I know. I am very thankful.
It has been a very happy Purim in every way.