It’s PURIM and We’ve Got the Whole Megillah is sponsored by #Purimania
We are officially KICKING OFF Jewish Dress-up Day- also known as the Jewish Festival of Purim, which starts Wednesday night, February 28 and continues through Thursday, March 1, 2018, in the US (Ends March 2 in Israel) and lucky for you It’s PURIM and We’ve Got the Whole Megillah #Purimania Style. It is Celebrated by Dressing up in costumes, Reading of an Ancient Scroll (Book of Esther) and Sharing Gifts of Food. But if I can be perfectly honest here- one of the main reasons I love this holiday is because as a Jew so many of our holidays are times that we are encouraged to grieve for the loss of loved ones, to atone for our sins and basically at least for me- just another opportunity to ruminate in and ponder my guilt. Which is why when PURIM ROLLS AROUND well it is finally time to just bask in the glow of marshmallows, chocolate treats, an excuse to dress up in a totally inappropriate outfit, drink and be merry.
Keep reading for some basic Purim Stuff every one should know- such as a great recipe for hamentashen and the scoop on Danna Banana, writer of classics like “The Goofball” and “Suddenly Summer” who is back with a new album entitled, Purimania, which you and your crew can get grooving to while you get your family ready for Purim!
And the best part – we have a giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a digital copy of Purimania!
It’s PURIM and We’ve Got the Whole Megillah #Purimania Style but Just what is the The Festival of Purim? Purim celebrates the salvation of the Jewish people in Ancient Persia in the 4th century BCE from an evil decree that called for annihilation of the Jews when the evil Haman had the king enact a decree to wipe out the Jews from throughout his kingdom. The king later abolished the decree by the request of his wife queen Esther. In 2006 the movie “One Night with the King” was based loosely on the story of Purim. Oorah ,a non-profit Jewish organization providing year-round activities and educational opportunities to Jewish children and families, encourages Jews around the world to celebrate the joyous holiday by observing these three traditions!
Read the Megillah Head to your synagogue to hear the whole megillah (Book of Esther) on the evening of PURIM February 28, and again on Purim DAY March 1, 2018, ( if you can in a costume!). The megillah, a.k.a. “The Book of Esther,” is the scroll that tells the Purim story. Listen to the public reading twice: once on Purim night, and again on Purim day. This year, that’s . Pay attention—it is crucial to hear every word. You can visit Chabad and enter in your zip code to find a megillah reading to attend!
Put on a costume and be merry! This year my son opted for a COMPLETELY homemade costume ( which I highly recommend as it FORCES kids to use their imaginations and find stuff around the house that they can cobble into a costume. This year my son got himself a sheitel (one of my mother’s old wigs from the early 80’s hence all that curl- although this one is kinda reminiscent of Kate Gosselin but I digress) he found a tattoo sleeve, put a pillow under his shirt ( to puff out his chest) and decided to be a wrestler named “looking good”. I also think it gave him a sense of accomplishment- he was able to create something utterly unique and original without anyone’s help or feedback ( i had some for him but he told me I needed to back off).
Give a gift of food to friends. Which brings us to Hamantaschen-the quintessential Purim treat! Get the original iteration of the hamantaschen (often filled with prunes, poppyseeds, or almond paste) at Kveller .
Get the recipe for S’more hamentashen. Graham cracker dough with a gooey marshmallow and chocolate center.
The Nosher has an exquisite recipe for a hamentashen with dark chocolate ganache with salted caramel drizzle
And Donate to the needy (Yes my kids will be coming to your door delivering packages of food- and expecting a quarter;) For everything you ALWAYS wanted to know about Purim (but were afraid to ask) visit: CHABAD and OORAH!
And now that you are in the know with all things PURIM and are officially Ready for Purim- Award-winning family performer Danna Banana, writer of classics like “The Goofball” and “Suddenly Summer”, is back with a new album entitled, Purimania, a stellar collection of tunes old and new celebrating the Jewish Holiday of Purim.
Danna Banana is a well-loved performer with six albums out and numerous performances across the country. He is a John Lennon Songwriting Grand Prize Winner and named New York Magazine’s Best Party Entertainer. The New York Post called him a ‘ripe talent’ and a mom in New Jersey called him ’a piñata of listening pleasure’. Trained as an opera singer, he sang leading roles all over the country in such operas as La Boheme, Don Giovanni, and Carmen before turning his talents to children’s music.
While most of Danna Banana’s work is non-denominational music for kids, among his earlier albums include; Bananukah!, a celebration of Hanukah. That album’s success prompted him to create Purimania.
As in Bananukah!, Purimania mixes traditional songs with his own tuneful originals. Mr. Banana offers lively versions of classics like “In Shushan”, “Wicked Man”, and “Hag Purim” while “The Purimania Song” offers up his own whimsical version of the Purim story. In “Hamantaschen Party”, he uses recipes for Hamantaschen, the traditional cookie of Purim, as his lyric– both regular and gluten-free!
Check out Purimania! It’s the funniest, most danceable Purim music ever! Let’s party like it’s 330 B.C.! Here’s the title video:
Visit https://www.dannabanana.com/ for music purchase info.
And now for our giveaway!!! Giveaway is closed. Congrats to our winner mami2jcn