Purim Party Planning, Ideas, and Supplies

Purim Party Planning, Ideas, and Supplies

Celebrate Purim! 

Purim Party Planning, Ideas, and Supplies

Sunset March 15 – Sunset March 16, 2014

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.

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 invitationHelium Hamantaschen Purim Party Invitation invitationPurim Party Invitation invitationPurim 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

Purim Candy Torahs

Candy Torahs for Purim

Voted Best Purim Party Favors 2014

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!

Purim Themed Fortune CookiesPurim Mini Cake Kit Favors

Purim Themed Fortune Cookies | Purim Mini Cake Kit Favors |  Purim Candy Molds

Purim Costumes and Accessories

Girls Shabbat Queen Costume - Purim or Religious CostumesGirls Dreidel Maidel Costume - Purim or Religious CostumesGirls Shabbas Queen Costume - Purim or Religious CostumesAdult Queen Esther Costume - Purim Costumes

Girls Shabbat Queen Costume | Girls Dreidel Maidel Costume | Girls Shabbas Queen Costume | Adult Queen Esther Costume 

Kids Magen David Costume - Purim  CostumesKids Menorah Man Purim Costume Kids Chasid Costume Kids Torah Boy Costume   

Kids Magen David Costume | Kids Menorah Man Costume | Kids Chasid Costume  | Kids Torah Boy Costume

King Robe Adult CostumeKing's Jester Adult CostumePurim King Adult Costume
King Robe Adult Costume | King’s Jester Adult Costume | Mardi Gras King Adult Costume

Purim Costume Accessories

Jeweled Purim Crown Happy Purim Costume Bow TiePurim Costume Glasses   Purim Masks Set

Jeweled Purim Crown | Happy Purim Costume Bow Tie | Purim Costume Glasses | Purim Masks Set  

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!

I Love Purim! Long Sleeve T-ShirtPurim WWQED Ringer TPurim Ash Grey T-ShirtPurim Costume Yellow T-ShirtQueen Esther Purim Jr. Raglan
I Love Purim! Long Sleeve T-Shirt  Purim WWQED Ringer T | Purim Ash Grey T-Shirt | Purim Costume Yellow T-Shirt | Queen Esther Purim Jr. Raglan

Absolutely Purim T-shirtAni Purim - Hamantaschen Clown shirtPurim Tee  shirt

Absolutely Purim T-shirt | Ani Purim – Hamantaschen Clown | Purim Tee | More Purim T-shirts

Purim Hat hatGot Hamentashen? Hats hatVashti Hats hatHappy Purim Gifts and Tees for Kids and Adults hat

Purim Hat | Got Hamentashen? Hats | Vashti Hats | Happy Purim Gifts and Tees for Kids and Adults | More Purim Hats

Purim Button-Gragger button

Purim Buttons

Purim Home and Party Decor

Purim Centerpieces

Fabulous Purim Centerpiece

Mishloach Manot Planter of 8 Fun Purim Baskets

Purim Confetti and Banners

Purim Confetti      Happy Purim Laser-Cut Banner

Purim Confetti | Happy Purim Laser-Cut Banner

Purim Plates, Trays and Bowls

Happy Purim Shalach Manos PlateHappy Purim TrayHappy Purim Bowl

Happy Purim Shalach Manos Plate | Happy Purim Tray – Melamine | Happy Purim Bowl

Purim Paper Goods

Purim Paperware Value Pack

Purim Paperware Value Pack (Also available on Amazon)

Purim Servers and Cookie Cutters

Purim Cookie CuttersPurim ServerPurim Cookie Cutters   

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

Purim Graggers and Noisemakers

Purim KazooHappy Purim Wood MaracasHappy Purim Flag Graggers  Bulk Purim Graggers: Pop Art

Purim Kazoo | Happy Purim Wood Maracas – Wood | Happy Purim Flag Graggers | Bulk Purim Graggers: Pop Art

Haman on the Wall Gragger   Haman Purim Gragger   Plush Hamentash Gragger  Knock Out Haman! Inflatable Gragger

Haman on the Wall Gragger -Artist Susan Fischer Weis | Haman Purim Gragger – Artist Susan Fischer Weis | Knock Out Haman! Inflatable Gragger – Artist Susan Fischer Weis | Plush Hamentash Gragger Artist

3 Clapping Hands Graggers      3 Happy Face Cup Graggers      4 Drum Graggers      Bulk Purim Graggers: Jerusalem

3 Clapping Hands Graggers | 3 Happy Face Cup Graggers | 4 Drum Graggers | Bulk Purim Graggers: Jerusalem

Purim Groggers With Folding Handle Silver Clown Motif Purim Grogger Noise Maker Product Details

Purim Groggers With Folding Handle | Silver Clown Motif Purim Grogger Noise Maker | Traditional Purim Gragger – 144 Count (1 Gross)

Jerusalem Gragger       Peacock Gragger      Purim Gragger

Jerusalem Gragger -Artist Yair Emanuel Wood | Peacock Gragger – Artist Yair Emanuel Wood | Purim Gragger – Artist Yair Emanuel Wood

Purim Food – Shalach Manot

Mishloach Manot

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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 what is 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, a calorific (fattening) concoction consisting of dough shaped into the form of a triangle (with just two possibilities allowed – exactly sixty degrees in each angle or an isosceles right triangle – just kidding!), with filling of various kinds.

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 and the like, but only with foods or beverages.

It is proper to send portions sufficient to convey regard for the recipient. One should not send an item so minute as to be worthless in the eyes of the poor.

If at all possible, these ‘portions’ should be sent by messengers, rather than to be 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 by day.

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.

Mishloach Manot, Very Merry Purim Trio Tower Purim Basket     hand-dipped sprinkled hamantashen   Mishloach Manos Happy Days Wicker Purim Basket    Purim Fun Large Shalach Manos Box

Mishloach Manot, Very Merry Purim Trio Tower Purim Basket | Mishloach Manot! Hand-Dipped Sprinkled Hamantashen | Mishloach Manos Happy Days Wicker Purim Basket | Shalach Manos boxes &bags in assorted patterns and shapes

Hamentaschen Recipes

Hamantaschen

Judaism 101 Recipe for Hamentaschen

Easy Hamantaschen

Traditional Hamantaschen

Hamantashen Recipe – Tips to Make the Perfect Purim Cookie

Purim Fun

Purim Puppets

Purim Pop-Up Puppet Set

Purim Pop-Up Puppet Set

Purim Activities, Games, and Puzzles

Purim Celebrating Traditions PuzzleMy Purim Activity BookPurim Card Game

Purim Celebrating Traditions Puzzle | My Purim Activity Book | Purim Card Game

Purim Books, DVD’s and Videos

Megillot

Shiurim BHaggados Chazal, MegillahMegillat EstherArtscroll Children's Megillah

Shiurim B’Haggados Chazal, Megillah | Megillat Esther | Artscroll Children’s Megillah

Purim Books for Children

Purim PlayThe Story of EstherThe Queen Who Saved Her People    Cakes and Miracles A Purim Tale

Purim Play | The Story of Esther: A Purim Tale | The Queen Who Saved Her People | Cakes and Miracles A Purim Tale

Sammy Spider's First Purim       The Purim Surprise       Purim (Rookie Read-About Holidays)        The Whole Megillah (Purim)

Sammy Spider’s First Purim | The Purim Surprise | Purim (Rookie Read-About Holidays) | The Whole Megillah (Purim)

Children’s Purim Music and Videos

Greatest Purim HitsPaul Zim Purim Sing-A-LongPurim - USARebbe Hill - The Purim Story
Latkes and HamentashenMiracles & WondersThe Purim Story
Shlock Rock: Purim Torah

Purim Music
Project Majestic A Purim StoryShalom Sesame: Be Happy It's PurimThe Queen of Persia

Purim Videos

Purim Gifts and Other Purim “Stuff”

Purim Hinged Box Sterling Silver Purim Basket Sterling Silver Purim Table

Purim Hinged Box | Sterling Silver Purim Basket  | Sterling Silver Purim Table

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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