Celebrate Purim! Purim Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Celebrate Purim with Purim Candy Torahs

Celebrate Purim! 

Purim Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Sunset March 23 – Sunset March 24, 2016

The holiday of Purim celebrates the victory of the Jewish people over the evil Haman. On the day preceding Purim there is a fast called “The Fast Of Esther”. On Purim itself, the Megillah (Book Of Esther) is read twice, once at night and once during the day. Purim is celebrated by giving charity, sending Shalach Manot (gifts of prepared food) and holding a festive meal.

Loving this oldie but goodie via 2011! The Maccabeats – Purim Song (Thank you Kosher on a Budget for sparking this memory!)

Purim – An overview

Purim, which is celebrated on the 14th of Adar (February-March), commemorates the foiling of a plot by a Persian minister (Haman) to kill all the Jews in Persia. Purim is observed by Jews around the world. Characterized by feasting and merriment, Purim is typically celebrated in the company of family and friends in a synagogue.

The Purim story is recounted in the Book of Esther (Megillat Esther), which is contained in the Ketuvim section of the Bible (Tanalch). According to the Megillah of Esther, Haman decides to kill all the Jews in Persia after Mordecai, a Jew, refuses to bow down to him. After the Persian king Ahaseurus approves Haman’s plot, Mordecai and his niece Esther, who is also the wife of King Ahaseurus, decide to expose Haman’s plan. On the 14th of Adar, Esther succeeds in foiling the plot, and Haman is hung by orders of King Ahaseurus. The holiday is called Purim, which means lots because Haman is said to have drawn lots in order to determine the day on which the Jews should be slaughtered.

On the 13th of Adar, the day before Purim, Orthodox Jews observe the fast of Esther which lasts until sundown. Usually, two Purim services are held in the synagogue. The first is held in the evening of the 13th of Adar while the second is held on the morning of the 14th. During both services, the Megillat Esther is read in its entirety. While the Book of Esther is being read, it is customary for children to rattle their graggers or noisemakers in a symbolic attempt to blot out the name of Haman. In the late afternoon, a festive meal is eaten. Among the foods typically enjoyed are boiled eggs, beans, and three-cornered pies known as hamantashen (Haman’s pockets). Originally they were called Mohn-tashen, or poppy-seed pockets, but the similarity of the name to Haman made them associated with the villain of Persia. In Hebrew they are called Haman’s ears.

The Book of Esther prescribes certain rituals which are to be performed on Purim. Emphasizing the importance of good deeds and charity, the Megillah of Esther states that individuals must give gifts both to friends and to the poor. Specifically, Jews are required to give two portions of food to at least one friend and must give money to two poor individuals.

On the basis of Italian influence, the holding of a Purim carnival has become common in many countries. During this carnival, Jews dress up in costumes and often perform plays which retell the story of Purim. In Israel, for example, Purim is observed by the holding of the Adloyada festival in Tel Aviv.

Purim Party Invitations and Postage

 Hamantaschen Clowns Purim Party Invitation invitation  Helium Hamantaschen Purim Party Invitation invitation

 Purim Party Invitation invitation Purim Costume Masquerade Extravaganza Invitations invitation

Hamantaschen Clowns Purim Party Invitation | Helium Hamantaschen Purim Party Invitation | Purim Party Invitation | Purim Costume Masquerade Extravaganza Invitations | Create you Own Invitations with Purim Stickers!

Purim Postage

 "Helium Hamantaschen" Purim PostagePurim stamp stampGot Hamentashen? Stamps stampHappy Purim Postage Stamp stamp

“Helium Hamantaschen” Purim Postage | Happy Purim stamp | Purim stamp | Got Hamentashen? Stamps | Happy Purim Postage Stamp

Purim Party Favors
Celebrate Purim with Purim Candy Torahs

Candy Torahs for Purim

Voted Best Purim Party Favors 2016

A nice addition to any Purim Basket, three-packs of CandyTorahs are adorable and affordable. Parents give them to their children. Teachers can give them to their students. Rabbis can keep them in their pockets and light-up little faces by handing them out around the synagogue. And at your Purim Carnival, they make cute prizes for all the different Purim games! CandyTorahs are a memorable, adorable and Jewish way to mark the occasion. Party Idea Pros loves these favors — their unique appeal is guaranteed to please!

Handmade Belgian Dark Chocolate Mask Pop    Purim Mini Cake Kit Favors

Purim Mini Cake Kit Favors |  Purim Candy Molds | Handmade Belgian Dark Chocolate Mask Pop (Parve)

purim mask shortbread cookie   hamentashen design chocolate covered oreo

Purim Theme Cookies

Purim Costumes and Accessories

 Girls Shabbas Queen Costume - Purim or Religious Costumes       Adult Queen Esther Costume - Purim Costumes  purple kings robe

 Girls Shabbas Queen Costume | Adult Queen Esther Costume  | King’s Robe

queen purim costume ideas

Women’s 1920s Flapper CostumeRenaissance Queen Adult Costume | Blue Princess Renaissance Costume

Queen Esther Girls Purim Costumes

Queen Esther Girls Purim Costumes

Purim Costume Accessories

   Purim Masks Set  Jeweled Purim Crown

Jeweled Purim Crown |  Purim Masks Set

purim masks

Deluxe Mask | Color Change Mask |Black and Gold Sequin and Feather Mask

Purim T-shirts and Hats

For the less dramatic –those who wish to get into the Purim spirit but prefer not to wear a full blown costume!

 Purim Button-Gragger button  Happy Purim Button

Purim Buttons

Purim Home and Party Decor

Purim Centerpieces

 Fabulous Purim Centerpiece, Celebrate Purim

Mishloach Manot Planter of 8 Fun Purim Baskets

Purim Plates, Trays and Bowls

Happy Purim" Triangular Melamine Tray   Happy Purim Bowl

Happy Purim Triangular Tray | Happy Purim Bowl

Purim Plates

Purim Plates >> Ceramic, Melamine & Paper

Purim Plates >> Melanim, Ceramic & Paper

hamentashen serving tray    oh no hamentashen service tray

Hamentashen Serving Tray  | Oh No Hamentashen Serving Tray 

Haman and Mordecai Tray Serving Platters   Esther Denouncing Haman Serving Tray

Haman and Mordecai Tray Serving Platters | Esther Denouncing Haman Serving Tray

Purim Paper Goods

Purim Paperware Set    Purim Paper Plates

Purim Paperware Value Pack | Purim Paper Plates >> 10” & 7″ | Not pictured >> Purim Napkins

Purim Servers, Cookie Cutters & More

 Purim ServerPurim Cookie Cutters   

Purim Cookie Cutters | Purim Server – Stainless Steel | Purim Cookie Cutters – Stainless Steel |  Purim Candy Molds

Rows of Hamentashen Tablecloth   Happy Hamentashen Round Cheese Board

Rows of Hamentashen TableclothHappy Hamentashen Round Cheese Board

purim mask cutting board    Purim Princess Cutting Board

Purim Cutting Boards

Purim Graggers and Noisemakers

Purim Food – Shalach Manot

Mishloach Manot

courtesy of  aJudaica.com

It is obligatory to send a gift which consists of at least two ‘portions’ to another person. Both men and women are included in this Mitzvah.

Only items which are considered edible or drinkable, without further cooking or preparation, is considered a ‘portion.’ One may therefore send cooked meats or fish, pastry goods, fruit, sweets, wine and other beverages. And it is the more praiseworthy to send portions to as many friends as possible. Even better, however, is to give more gifts to the poor than to friends.

One of the most popular food items that has been used for this Mitzvah is the Hamentash, triangular shaped dough concoction stuffed with various fillings.

Even a poor person is required to fulfill the Mitzvah of ‘Mishloach Manot.’ If one is unable to do so directly, he may exchange his own food for that of his friend; both of whom would thus fulfill their obligations.

The Mitzvah of Mishloach Manot may not be fulfilled with money, clothing or anything other than foods or beverages.

It is proper to send portions sufficient to convey regard for the recipient.

If at all possible, these ‘portions’ should be sent by messengers, rather than delivered personally. And though it is said of all other mitzvot: ‘It is more of a Mitzvah if done personally, than if done through a messenger,’ this Mitzvah is different. Since the term, ‘Mishloach Manot’ (the sending of portions), is the term used in the ‘Megillah’ the proper procedure for fulfilling the Mitzvah, is to do so by messenger. Nevertheless, if one delivers his Mishloach Manot personally, he still fulfills his obligation.

The Mitzvah of Mishloach Manot should be performed during the day rather than evening.

A mourner is free of the obligation, but some hold that it rests even upon him, except that one in mourning should not send gifts which would be a source of rejoicing.

The Mitzvah of Mishloach Manot and the giving of gifts to the poor, during the days of Purim, are prescribed in order to recall the brotherly love which Mordechai and Esther awoke among all Jews. When there is inner unity among Jews, even the wrongdoers among them become righteous.

Hamentaschen Recipes

Hamantaschen

Judaism 101 – Recipe for Hamentaschen

Easy Hamantaschen

Traditional Hamantaschen

Hamantashen Recipe – Tips to Make the Perfect Purim Cookie

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Purim Fun & Games

Purim Puppets

Purim Pop Up Puppets

Purim Pop-Up Puppet Set

Purim Activities, Games, and Puzzles

Purim Books

Megillot

 

The Megillah     Artscroll Children's Megillah

The Megillah: The Book of EstherArtscroll Children’s Megillah | Megillot

Purim Books for Children

Purim Gifts and Other Purim “Stuff”

 Girl with Gragger during Purim Judaica Jewish Theme Wall Clock    Jewish Holiday Symbols of Purim & Rosh Hashanah Judaica

Girl with Gragger during Purim Judaica Jewish Theme Wall Clock | Jewish Holiday Symbols of Purim & Rosh Hashanah Wall Clock 

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