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Purim Customs in Israel

Megillat Ester - The Scroll of Esther

How do they celebrate the Purim holiday in Israel? Here are several common Purim customs in Israel that might teach us how to celebrate the most festive Jewish holiday.

Dressing Up

The most common custom in Purim is dressing up. The options vary from dressing up as a vine, a superhero or just improvising something. When I was a child, I dressed up as a penguin, falafel in pita bread, monster, Kiss band, and many others.

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Parades

In the holiday of Purim, parades are being held in every town in Israel. The city hall closes the main streets Performers and entertainers drive and make everybody jolly. People like to take pictures of these parades and make it a family activity. All of the food stalls are open making it a festival of food, costumes, and dance.

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Drink Wine

According to several Jewish sources (Gemara, Talmud) one must drink until he can’t make the difference between Haman and Mordechai. Some sources limit that to a four drink maximum but people tend to drink and celebrate a lot more.

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Reading the Megillah

On the night of Purim and in the day after, most of the Jewish community in Israel read the Megillah (The scroll of Esther) in the Synagogues. That could be very entertaining; every time they mention the name of Haman people start calling him bad names (the dammed, the evil and so on) and every time they mention Mordechai they bless him (the hero, the great). The Synagogues are decorated which makes it quite a celebration.

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Giving out Candy Packages

Also known as “Mishlohei Manot”. Israelis give candy to one another in order to have a better sense of community. Just 1 should be enough, but people send a lot of them to many friends. The Israeli school system does it too and everybody enjoys a holiday filled with candies.

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Eating Hamantaschen

A Hamantaschen is a triangled cookie that could be filled with different jams. The popular one is the normal strawberry jam and it’s delicious. You could definitely make some by yourself easily and enjoy a sweet cookie Purim holiday.

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Parties

If you’re in Israel during Purim and you like to party – you’re in for a treat. Thousands of parties are held all over the country; even in Kubbtzim. The parties start a week before and continue to the day after. There are various kinds of parties; theme parties, house parties, and clubbing. You may as well consider coming to Israel in March!

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Purim Customs in Israel is all about Making Noise

Jewish people celebrate their salvation in Passover, Sukut, Hannukah, and Purim. They are all miracles of Jews salvation time and time again. Some of their holidays are very similar to ours: Passover and Easter, Purim and Halloween, Pentecost and Shavuot. Israelis and gentiles have a lot more common than we think.

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