PURIM 5784
March 22, 2024

Saturday, 23 March, marks the beginning of Purim, which is one of the most joyous holidays in the Jewish calendar. This holiday is celebrated on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar to commemorate the rescue of the Jews from annihilation in ancient Persia. On this occasion, we wish you: A happy Purim festival! A frejlichen Purim! Chag Purim Sameach!

The very name of this holiday has been derived from the word “pur”, which means “lot” and refers back to the lots which were cast by Haman to determine the date of annihilation of Jews. This story, described in the Book of Esther, is full of dramatic twists and unusual turns and recounts the power of destiny and human courage.
In modern times, the holiday of Purim still appeals to the emotions of Jews around the world. The motto of this holiday constantly reminds us that every age in history brings us new challenges and threats. It also speaks of the importance of human solidarity and the courage to stand up for one’s rights. The joyous character of this holiday, which includes street parades, the wearing of masks and loud cries during the callings of Haman’s name, highlights the role that humour and joy play in overcoming difficulties and facing the odds. Purim reminds us that even in the darkest times there remains a dash of hope, and that the joy of life is a value that helps us go through even the worst moments of life.