Purim is a day of feasting and rejoicing that the Jews of the ancient Persian Empire were saved from annihilation. According to the Book of Esther, Haman, the royal executive officer to King Ahasuerus, planned to kill all the Jews in the empire. His plans were foiled by Mordecai and his cousin and adopted daughter Esther, who had risen to become Queen of Persia. The day of deliverance is now a day of feasting and rejoicing.
We celebrate Purim with our students on Sundays at Troy Jewish Community Religious School with activities and megillah readings for all ages, followed by hamentaschen!