Sunday, February 28, 2010


The Book of Esther, today’s Required Reading.
[Click to embiggen.] kill us. They failed. Let’s eat drink ourselves silly.

Yes, today is Purim, the holiday that celebrates the deliverance of the Jews from a planned genocide. Last night, we observed the holiday in the traditional manner, by (1) listening to the public reading of the Book of Esther; (2) making donations to the poor (matanot l’evyonim), (3) exchanging gifts of food with friends (mishloakh manot); dressing up in silly costumes, (4) participating in a Purimshpiel, a comedic acting-out of the Purim saga; and (5) consuming adult beverages.

Houston Steve graciously provided a flask of Maker’s Mark, a perfect tipple with which to toast my reading of Perek Daled (Chapter Four), in which the Queen is warned by her Uncle Mordechai of the plot against the Jews and told that she must intercede with the King on behalf of her people. Exciting stuff.

And now, a Purim joke:

Q: Back in ancient Persia, why did all the ladies love Haman?

A: Because he was well-hung.

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