Happy Purim

The festival of Purim is a time when Jews worldwide celebrate their deliverance from a plot to annihilate their people in ancient Persia, as recounted in the book of Esther. It serves as a reminder of the enduring resilience of the Jewish people in the face of adversity and persecution.

On Purim, as the scroll of Esther is read in the synagogues, the heroic figure of Mordechai is cheered whenever his name is read, while the villain Haman is jeered whenever his name is said. Jewish children also enjoy dressing up in creative costumes – every young girl especially loves to dress as a princess like the heroine Esther.

Amid the current war, it will not be easy for Israel and the Jewish Diaspora to fully celebrate Purim this year. However, the story of Esther does provide a timely, encouraging message to them on the power of faith, prayer and fasting, courage, and unity in overcoming the challenges they face. As Christians, we also can trust the same God to bring us through whatever hardships come our way.

The ICEJ wishes everyone a blessed Purim this year!