age 7, of
Minneapolis, Minnesota, was excited because he was going to a
Tyler and Jamie also looked
forward to the holiday
because during Purim you get to
dress in colorful costumes and wear masks.
David was thinking about what
to wear when he remembered
the biblical story of Esther, which explains why Jews celebrate Purim.
Long ago, a wicked
advisor, named Haman, convinced the king that he should destroy the Jewish
people. Queen Ester and her uncle Mordecai were Jews who uncovered a
plot against the king and saved the king's life. The king rewarded
them by saving the lives of the Jewish people.
To honor Mordecai,
the king ordered Haman to parade the royal horse through the streets while
Mordecai rode proudly.
During Purim there
are plays, gifts and games. There are always treats like hamantaschen,
three-cornered cakes filled with fruit or poppy seeds.
Tyler and Jamie looked
forward to eating these special Purim treats.
David couldn't decide what to
wear to the Purim celebration, he
thought, "What about dressing like a hero from Hanukkah?"
In the Hanukkah
story, a non-Jewish king named Antiochus would not let the Jews worship God
in their Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Mattathias, together with his son,
Judah, organized a group of freedom fighters called the Maccabees.
They fought and won a war against the king's powerful army.
"Maybe I could go to
the party as Judah the Maccabee?" thought
After the war, the
Maccabees wanted to rekindle the light of the menorah in the Holy Temple.
They found a small jar of oil, enough for just one day. Miraculously,
the oil burned for eight days and nights.
David knew that Jews
celebrate Hanukkah for eight days by lighting the menorah. One candle
is lit on the first night, then two on the second evening and so on until
all eight candles are burning brightly.
friends and families exchanged gifts. There are delicious treats like
potato pancakes, called latkes, and jelly donuts. We play games with a
four-sided top called a dreidel and receive Hanukkah gelt.
"Hannukkah is a lot
of fun, but I still can't decide what to wear to the Purim carnival,"
"Maybe I could dress
like Moses," David thought.
Tyler and Jamie had told him
the Passover story of how Moses freed the Jewish people from slavery in
Egypt. Moses led the people of Israel across the sea to the desert
where they traveled for 40 years. Finally, they returned to the Holy
On the night of
Passover, families gather for the Sedar. They read the Haggadah, a
story that tells of the exodus from Egypt.
The people of Israel
left Egypt in such a hurry that there was no time to wait until they bread
dough could rise. That's why during Passover Jewish people eat
unleavened bread, called matzo.
They also display
special foods like a roasted bone, a roasted egg, horseradish, parsley and a
tasty apple dip, called charoses.
David knew that during the
Seder, the youngest child asks "the four questions" and everyone answers.
They eat a delicious meal and drink four cups of wine. The leader of
the Seder hides a piece of matzo, called the afikoman. The child who
finds the afikoman gets a reward.
David thought again about
which costume to wear to the Purim celebration. All of a sudden,
he had the answer and started
to work on the best costume ever!
Tyler and Jamie guess what
he will be for Purim?
Will you tell us, David?
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Enjoy this book.
A special gift from
Mom & Dad