by Alexa Cohen, March 2018/Shevat-Nisan 5778
Purim is the most festive of Jewish holidays, a time of prizes, noisemakers, costumes and treats. The Festival of Purim commemorates a major victory over oppression and is recounted in the M’gillah, or scroll, of the story of Esther. Purim teaches us some timeless lessons that we be sure to instill in our children:
PURIM PARADE! Purim is a special holiday when we are encouraged to be very enthusiastic about being silly and joyous. We are celebrating our freedom, our pride in Esther’s bravery and her clever action in overcoming the evil plot of Haman. Singing, dancing, joking and wearing costumes are among the ways to celebrate as a community. Bonim Preschool holds its own in-school Purim Parade in the Social Hall for all the children during the school week as well as participating in the larger synagogue wide Purim Parade.
GRAGERS! Essential to Purim are Purim Gragers. Our preschoolers learn that Gragers are the noisemakers used during the reading of the M’gillah. Noisemakers are an easy project for young children and its lots of fun to try them out together. You can make your own gragers using many different materials.
Here are just a few ideas:
HAMANTASCHEN –One of the favorite activities here at Bonim is making hamantaschen. Each teacher likes to put their own spin on the recipe, some like butter while others prefer oil ; some use orange juice and others lemon zest. The truth is THEY ARE ALL DELICIOUS!
4 cups flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup unsalted butter or margarine
1 tsp salt
1 orange (grated rind & juice)
1/4 cup water
4 tsp baking powder
1 cup sugar