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Annual Soap Box

It’s time for my annual soap box article about Purim.

Our tradition teaches “Mishenichnas Adar Marbim B’Simcha” – “When the month of Adar arrives, we should increase our joy.”  Being a leap year, we actually have a second Adar, more joyous than the first, and our joy culminates with the celebration of Purim, which starts this Wednesday night.

We have a few rules for Purim.  We read Megilat Esther; we give gifts to friends; we give gifts to the poor; we eat a festive meal, and we drink “more wine than we are accustomed to.”  We also have the custom of dressing in costume.

Friends:  This is our fun holiday.  Synagogues are fun.  JCC carnivals are fun.  Chabad houses are fun.  Hillel is fun.  It’s fun for the kids, the students, and the adults.  Most venues are free, and you don’t have to be a member to participate.

We’ve compiled all of our community-wide Purim events.  Please go somewhere and have fun.

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