(Courtesy: Chabad of Downtown Coral Gables)
The Meaning of Purim
Purim means “lots.” Like a lottery, which is not rational or predictable, Purim expresses that which is above nature and human understanding.
In addition to the miracle of Jewish survival despite the efforts of our enemies, Purim celebrates G‑d’s intimate involvement in every aspect of this world. Even though there were no overt miracles recorded in the Megillah—indeed, His name is not even mentioned once—G‑d was actively “pulling the strings” to care for His nation.
Additionally, Haman’s edict catalyzed a spiritual revival among the Jews. In a sense, this was even more significant than the Covenant at Sinai—an overwhelming spiritual experience that compelled the Jews to accept the Torah—since it occurred of their own volition, even as they were scattered among the Persian people and immersed in their culture. It was in the merit of this spiritual reawakening that G‑d orchestrated their salvation.
Other Cool Purim Facts
All too often, Jewish communities have narrowly escaped catastrophe. More often than not, the plot involves an evil tyrant who follows the ways of Haman. And just like the Purim story, G‑d is there to save His people from certain doom. Some communities make their own “Purim” holiday on the anniversary of the date of their respective salvation. Some even read the chain of events from specially-made “megillah” scrolls.
Read some dramatic “Purim” stories here.
In modern times, the plans of some of our nation’s worst enemies have been thwarted on this day.
In the early 1950s, Joseph Stalin, the ruthless butcher of millions of innocent people, had bloody plans for dealing with the “Jewish problem” in the U.S.S.R. Just as things were reaching a crisis point in 1953, he died . . . on Purim! Read the riveting details here.
In 1990, Saddam Hussein of Iraq defiantly invaded nearby Kuwait. As pressure ramped up from the international community, his army began firing SCUD missiles into Israel. The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, repeatedly assured the people of Israel that they would be protected. After the U.S.-led forces attacked Iraq, they were quickly victorious and the hostilities ended . . . on Purim! Read all about it here.
Purim in the Gables is legendary! Don’t miss this year’s HAVANA NIGHTS PURIM experience at the Coral Gables Museum.
Celebrate Purim in Havana!
Purim Day – Tuesday, March 7th, 5:30 pm
At the Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables.
Bring your guayaberas for a Havana Nights Purim Event!
- Cuban Cuisine (menu)
- Live Music
- Fresh Sugar Cane Juice Squeezed on site
- Fresh Coconut Stand
- Mojito Bar
- Guava Hamantashen
- Megillah Reading
- Make your own Maraca Craft for Kids
Adults: $25 by tomorrow (Thu.) March 2nd, $36 thereafter
Children: $18 by tomorrow (Thu.) March 2nd, $25 thereafter
Family Rate: $75 by tomorrow (Thu.) March 2nd, $100 thereafter
$180 Queen Esther Sponsor