Queen Esther is all the rage these days. It’s not very often that we see a female protagonist as the main character in a Biblical story (think: Esther and Ruth) so it’s quite exciting to follow her trajectory from Jewish girl to Queen of Persia.
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Purim is about a lot of things. It is about the story of Esther. It’s about celebrating the evil decree that never took place. We celebrate by listening to the Purim story, by giving food to our friends and family, by holding a great feast and by giving charity. Along with that, we have little children underfoot, dressed up to the nines, filling their bellies with sugar. Here’s our survival guide:
One year, my son wanted to be an elephant for Purim. He’s not the kind of kid that can wear a store-bought costume all day. So, I dressed him in his usual grey hooded sweatshirt and sweatpants and added some extras of my own. I cut elephant ears out of grey felt and pinned them to his hood (he actually kept the hood on!), and made a tail out of the same grey felt material to pin onto the waistline of his sweatpants. We found a trunk mask at a local party store, and we had ourselves a very cute costume!
Traditionally, Mishloachai Manot (the sending of food) are two food items (from different food groups) sent to at least two friends. Over the years, Mishochai Manot have developed into sometimes elaborate food packages to many friends and family in your community.
Looking for a way to keep your “little hands” busy before Simchat Torah or Shabbat? Ask your kids to make these “Torah Scrolls.” The “covers” can be decorated with sparkles or stickers. Better yet, your kids can turn these Torah treats into place-card holders – ask them to write each guest’s name on the outside, and maybe a sweet message on the inside.
I make no secret of the fact that I’m always a little fearful of the challot that my pre-school kids bring home. You can never be sure what is on those cute little fingers as they’re making their “special” challah. (That is not to say that I don’t trust preschool teachers. I have tremendous faith in them, I just remain mildly suspicious of the little people!) Yet, each week we make a HUGE deal of all projects that are brought to our Shabbat table.
A beautiful story compares two Shabbat candles to two people. Two individuals, like separate wicks of two Shabbat candles, begin Shabbat as distinct souls. Over the course of the Shabbat day, they spend quality time together and become closer to one another. By the end of Shabbat the individuals have become so intertwined ~ they are like the twisted wicks of the Havdala candle.