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Jewish Holiday: Purim
Significance: Purim commemorates the deliverance of Israel from certain annihilation while in Persian exile
Customs: Feasting and gladness. Sending gifts of food to one another and gifts to the poor. Costume parties, eating, and triangle-shaped, fruit-filled cookies. The retelling of Queen Esther’s and her cousin, Mordecai’s, roles in delivering Israel as documented in the Book of Esther
Length: Two days - Adar (Twelfth) 14 & 15
There’s a lot of feasting, rejoicing – partying, to be completely honest – that we’re encouraged and instructed to participate in before
the Lord (Deut. 14:26). I fail to see the “legalism” in that!
In fact, a lot of this “partying” is based on His blessings in our lives (Deut. 14:24). Granted, these blessings are predicated on our obedience:
Be careful to obey all these regulations I am giving you, so that it may always go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of the LORD your God.
Deuteronomy 12:28 (NIV)
Blessings predicated on our obedience as also found in the Epistles of the New Testament. Remember:
Jesus is our salvation – Torah is for blessing.
Obedience to His Commandments, Torah, is the sign of our love towards Him…
Allan R. Aguirre, "Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah) / Purim,” from The Feasts Unlocked