Purim

2. Purim Hero Discussion

Purim Hero Discussion


The holiday of Purim is cheerful and exciting. It is a time of parties, making noise with a noisemaker (“Ra’ashan” in Hebrew or “Grogger” in Yiddish) and eating treats like “hamantaschen” (three-cornered cookies rumored to be in the shape of Haman’s hat).


This year Purim begins in the evening on the 14th day of Adar. This year, 5780 (2019-2020), Purim begins sundown Monday, March 9, 2020, and goes through Tuesday evening, March 10, 2020.

 

Customs also include dressing up in costumes, giving “mishloach manot” (gift baskets) to friends, watching funny plays called “Purimspiels,” and eating a festive meal (seudat). 


Another special custom on Purim is to listen to the story about Esther, also known as the “Megillah” (Book of Esther). Purim is a holiday that celebrates a time when Esther finds herself fighting to save the Jewish people. She and Mordechai (her uncle) don't give up until the safety of the Jews is guaranteed. 


You can use talking about Purim as a starting point to talk about what it means to be a hero. Purim teaches us that we all have the ability to be a hero and do heroic things. Many people give “Tzedakah” (giving charity) during Purim to spread joy and help people in need. 


Discuss: 

  • What characteristics make a hero? (standing up for what you believe in, helping people, being brave, doing what is right, not giving up…)

  • What does it mean to be brave? (if you’re scared, you do something anyway…) 

  • Who is a hero? (Superman, Harry Potter, my mother/father…) 

  • When was a time that you felt brave? (at school, at the dentist, riding my bike for the first time…)

  • Who is a hero in the Purim story? (Esther, Mordechai, Vashti…?) 

  • What details from the Purim story make you think the character you chose is a hero?


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