Purim in the Leesville Community

Hamantaschen are a typical treat that people eat during Purim. Hamantaschen are commonly filled with jams and jellies but can also be filled with nutella and other sweet treats.(Photo Courtesy of Public Domain).

Most people see Tuesday, March 7 as just another random day, but for the Jewish community, it is a special holiday.

Purim is not just a specific day in March — rather, the exact date fluctuates by year based on the Hebrew calendar.

Purim is a major celebration in the Jewish community where people go to the synagogue to hear a rabbi read the Megillah once or even two times. People commonly dress up in fun costumes and eat triangular shaped cookies called Hamantaschen.

Purim is the celebration of an evil man, Haman, and his failed attempt to kill all of the Jews in the Persian Empire. The reason he failed was because the king of Persia’s wife, Esther, told the king about Haman, and he was then executed.

“My synagogue throws an extravaganza with a Purim skit, dancing, and food,” said Brandon Hirsch, a Jewish sophomore. 

Shir Inbari, another Jewish student at Leesville and the president of the Jewish Culture Club, is planning on celebrating with her family and the Jewish community. 

“The best part about Purim is eating Hamantaschen and hanging out with friends, family, and the Jewish community,” said Inbari.

The Jewish Culture Club at Leesville is meeting up to make some Hamantaschens and celebrate Purim together on Wednesday the eighth in room 1201 from 2:30 to 3:30 for anyone who is interested.

Throughout the years, Jewish people have celebrated Purim, and while it is often overlooked by non-Jewish members, it means a lot to the Jewish community.


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