Purim - the Feast of Lots, is observed on the fourteenth day of the Hebrew month of Adar (February-March).
This is a celebration of the deliverance of the Persian Jews over one of the most dastardly plots in history to exterminate the Jewish people.
The Book of Esther in the Old Testament tells the story of how the beautiful Jewish woman Esther (Hadassah) and her cousin Mordecai thward the evil Haman, who plots to massacre the Jews.
Purim celebrating ~ starting March 15 - 16
Can you just love this as it is ongoing from centuries before~Esther and families together with her people
WOW........what a busy little toe-tapper that was, and talk about c-o-u-n-t-y. LOL. I was expecting something with an Isralie flare to it and got hill-billy for sure. I'm just an old country girl from the sticks anyway, I loved it.
Great times~ Jeanette
The below video is a baking for the Purim festivities
March 16 - 17
The little girl prays later for the baked goodies
I know one word 'Adonai'....
This was most interesting, I really did enjoy the music of Israel............but............Those little cookies were not made in the cleanest of conditions. That mixer looked like it has never been cleaned and the baker was in dire need of a bath and freshly laundried clothes. I don't believe I could buy from his bakery unless I was very, very hungry.
Unique to the Jewish calendar, Purim is actually observed on different days depending on location.
The majority of the Jewish people celebrate Purim on the 14th of Adar (yesterday). However, Jews living in the city of Shushan (now the city of Shush, Iran), Jerusalem and all the cities that had walls at the time of Joshua's conquest of Canaan, celebrate Purim on the 15th of Adar (today).
The delay in the Purim celebration is based on Esther 9:16-17.
"And the rest of the Jews in the states [not Shushan] of the king grouped together, protecting their lives, and were relieved of their enemies...on the 13th of the month of Adar, and they rested on the 14th, making it a day of feasting and joy. But the Jews in Shushan grouped together on the 13th and 14th, and rested on the 15th, making it a day of feasting and joy."
The majority of the Jews were able to stop defending themselves on the 13th, and so rested on the 14th. In the capital city, however, where Haman's evil plot had aroused greater hatred, the Jews were forced to defend themselves through the 14th as well, and rested on the 15th.
Mordechai and the great sages of the time felt that it was important to separate Shushan's celebration from that of the rest of the people. Because they were still in exile, however, the sages wanted to make certain that the people remembered the holy city of Jerusalem and the Land of Israel. It was therefore declared that, in addition to Shushan, any city that was surrounded by a wall at the time of Joshua's conquest of Canaan would celebrate Purim of the 15th of Adar.
Prayers of Purim -
The Jewish people have said this prayer daily for thousands of years.
Sh'ma Yis'ra'el A'doh'nai Eh'lo'hay'nu A'doh'nai Echad.
"Hear O Israel, the Lord is Our God, the Lord is One"
Sh'ma Yis'ra'eil Adonai Eloheinu Adonai echad.
Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.
Barukh sheim k'vod malkhuto l'olam va'ed.
Blessed be the Name of His glorious kingdom for ever and ever.
V'ahav'ta eit Adonai Elohekha b'khol l'vav'kha uv'khol naf'sh'kha uv'khol m'odekha.
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
V'hayu had'varim ha'eileh asher anokhi m'tzav'kha hayom al l'vavekha.
And these words that I command you today shall be in your heart.
V'shinan'tam l'vanekha v'dibar'ta bam
And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and you shall speak of them.
b'shiv't'kha b'veitekha uv'lekh't'kha vaderekh uv'shakh'b'kha uv'kumekha
When you sit at home, and when you walk along the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up.
Uk'shar'tam l'ot al yadekha v'hayu l'totafot bein einekha.
And you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be for frontlets between your eyes.
Ukh'tav'tam al m'zuzot beitekha uvish'arekha.
And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Continuing 'The Shema'
Vayo'mer Adonai el mosheh lei'mor
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying.
Dabeir el b'nei Yis'ra'eil v'amar'ta aleihem
Speak to the children of Israel and say to them.
v'asu lahem tzitzit al kan'fei vig'deihem l'dorotam
v'nat'nu al tzitzit hakanaf p'til t'kheilet
they should make themselves tzitzit (fringes) on the corners of their clothing throughout their generations, and give the tzitzit of each corner a thread of blue.
V'hayah lakhem l'tzitzit ur'item oto uz'khar'tem et kol mitz'vot Adonai
va'asitem otam v'lo taturu acharei l'vav'khem v'acharei eineikhem
asher atem zonim achareihem
And they shall be tzitzit for you, and when you look at them you will remember all of the Lord's commandments.
and do them and not follow after your heart and after your eyeswhich lead you astray.
L'ma'an tiz'k'ru va'asitem et kol mitz'votai viyitem k'doshim lei'loheikhem
In order to remember and do all My commandments, and be holy for your God.
Ani Adonai Eloheikhem
asher hotzei'ti et'khem mei'eretz Mitz'rayim lih'yot lakhhem leilohim
Ani Adonai Eloheikhem
I am the Lord, your God
who lead you from the land of Egypt to be a God to you.
I am the Lord, your God.
Thistles grow in Canada too.
Thistles are abundant in Palestine. Between Nazareth and Tiberias, one researcher was amazed to find the earth covered with immense tracts of these plants. Little wonder then that they appear so frequently in the Scriptures.
'Blessed Thistle' is used by herbalists to increase the flow of milk in breast feeding. For this purpose the warm tea is given to mothers. It also repudedly breaks up blood clots, relieves jaundice, stops bleeding, inceases appetite, and lowers fevers.
'Blessed Thistle' contains a volatile oil and a bitter principle known as cnicin.
The plant was at one time spposed to possess a very great virtues against fevers of all kinds...it is said to have great power in purification and circulation of the blood, and on this account strengthens the brain and the memory.
Learning languages is always fun
Hebrew is challenging.
The word Hamotzi - blessing said before meals
Food wise....what would be your favorite.
Cooking and baking goes way into Biblical times.
How about 'noodles'?
Traditional Cutting homemade noodles
To Make Pasta Dough
2 cups unbleached flour
If making dough by hand, lightly beat the eggs and with salt and add the flour gradually working it in first with a fork and then with your hands, ntil the ingredients are well mixed and the mass holds well together. You may use a food processor to blend the ingredients, but do not add all of the flour from the start, in case you need less.
Knead for 10 - 15 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic, adding a little more flour if it is too sticky of a drop of water if it is too dry. Wrap in plastic wrap to rest for 15 - 20 minutes at room temperature.
Divide the dough into 2 balls for easier handling. Roll out each ball as thin as possible into a rectangle on a floured surface with a floured rolling pin, then pull and stretch and roll it out until you can see through the sheet of pasta. With experience you should be able to roll it out evenly, almost paper-thin, without breaking it.
Lokshen Kugel: (Savory Noodle Pudding)
This noodle can be savory or sweet
It is traditionally served hot on Friday night and cold on Saturday.
1/2 lb medium egg noodles
1 large onion (medium)
4 tbsp oil
3 eggs, lightly beaten
Boil the noodles in salted water until just tender and drain. Fry the onions in 3 tbsp oil until soft. Cool a little, then mix with the eggs and noodles. Add a little salt. Line a loaf pan or mold with grease or waxpaper or foil. Pour in the noodle-and-egg mixture and bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for about 45 - 60 minutes, or until firm and lightly brown on top. Turn out, peel off the foil and serve hot, cut in slices.
Variations: For a sweet and peppery Israeli version add to the above ingredients 1/2 cup sugar or honey, 4 tbsp raisins and 1 1/2 tsp black pepper.
Passover - April 14 - April 22
Check the many items for this festive time~
Hebrew Word - Bet Sefer
Hebrew word - Mezuzah
Door post symbol
A mezuzah is affixed to the doorframe in Jewish homes to fulfill the mitzah(Biblical commandment) to inscribe the words of the Shema "on the doorposts of your house.
clock - translate to Hebrew
This post was modified from its original form on 30 Apr, 11:54
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