Purim is March 21, 2019, beginning the evening of the 20th. In Jerusalem, Shushan Purim is celebrated on the 22nd.

Purim is a joyous holiday commemorating the salvation of the Jews in ancient Persia. Haman the Amalekite receives King Ahasuerus's permission to annihilate the Jews, but the king's Jewish queen Esther, prompted by her cousin Mordechai, intercedes with the king and the decree is turned on its head. The decree is turned on its head, instead allowing the Jews to avenge themselves of their enemies on the very day their destruction was decreed. The Jews celebrate their victory on the subsequent day, the 14th of Adar.

Although no open miracles occurred in the Purim story, the people were able to see God's guiding hand in the seemingly natural events of the story.

We celebrate Purim by reading Megillat Esther, feasting with hamentaschen and wine, exchanging portions of food (mishloach manot), giving money to the poor (matanot la'evyonim), and dressing up. read more »