Purim 2023 FYIF

The Jewish holiday of Purim begins on the evening of Monday, March 6, 2023 – and ends on the evening of Tuesday, March 7, 2023. During Purim, it is traditional to retell the biblical story of the Book of Esther, also known as the Megillah. Haman, the king's advisor, plots to destroy the Jews of Persia. Neither Haman nor the King know that Queen Esther is Jewish. Esther reveals her identity in a successful and daring effort to save the Jews. Esther did not stand by silently – she was an upstander. What begins as a tale of doom has a happy ending, except for Haman. This parable has an important lesson, relevant for today. One individual, speaking up, can make a difference and standing by in silence when a wrong is occurring, is not an option. The holiday is celebrated among Jews by exchanging gifts of food known as mishloach manot, donating charity to the poor, and a public reading of the Megillah. Normally, children (and some adults) dress up in costume for Purim parties (much like Halloween or a UAB pediatric resident any day during Funuary).

Happy Purim (and don’t forget to be an upstander).