Just a note on my Purim celebration this year. I started a bit early with partying Friday night with the cast of our local theater group. In the morning, we had a special service at shul, as a young lady celebrated her Bat Mitzvah. She had invited congregants to wear costumes, and many did. Paper crowns were handed out at the door. My friend, who slipped in late, said as she settled beside me, "Was there a Burger King party before services today that I missed?"
The Bat Mitzvah gal did a great job saying the prayers and reading her portion. The rabbi gave a short teaching on the importance of community coming alongside parents and families to guide the young people in our congregation, as they are our FUTURE!
After oneg, in which I had a lively discussion with several achot regarding living our faith in the world, the scroll was unrolled. Read very energetically with the accompaniment of many costumed children both up at the bemah and scattered throughout the sanctuary, groggers in hand, obliterating the name of...he who won't be named..., cheering when Mordecai was named, and saying "ooo, ahh" with the most musical tones imaginable when Esther's name was read!
Plenty of hamentaschen, of which I did not have time to make this year...sad, I know.
Today, the congregation meets at a gym for game and pizza time, but as my family is performing in the theater yet this afternoon, I stayed home and did homework. Ah, well!
So glad for the Sabbath and the special events connected with it. Well, except for the little sister of the bat mitzvah-ed girl having to go to ER with a grogger-cut finger. OUCH!
I know a personal diversion from the Hebrew blog is unusual. I do want to share a bit about Purim from Judaism 101. click here to read there is also a hamentaschen recipe if you are interested! Pay attention to assembly, or they will all fall apart!
I am a Mom and Grandma who began studying Hebrew to assist my understanding of the Hebrew praise songs I was singing for our Messianic Jewish Synagogue praise team way back in 2001. A home educator at the time, this quickly led to learning Hebrew in order to teach my children.