One costume to rule them all

So I’ve come to an abrupt and permanent decision. I truly want to only wear one costume for the rest of my adult life. Luckily for me, it is perfectly appropriate for both Purim and Halloween! I am forevermore going to be the queen, Queen Esther.

Now besides the fact that I can easily slap on a elaborate tiara and continue to go about my business with my normal clothes on is only part of the reason this is my new decision. Don’t get me wrong, not having to worry about what you’re going to wear or how long you’re going to wear for holidays when you have multiple kids is most definitely an awesome bonus. I want to be Queen Esther (and a queen in general) for every holiday because of how heroic and smart she is.

For those of you that know Esther as a Jew who won a beauty contest and was forced into being a queen, all of that may be true.  But more importantly, she is the hero of the Purim story, she is the one who saves the Jewish people! She was the one who decided to throw the feast and gain the kings favor. The wisdom and strategic action along with her cunning rhetoric saved our people!  She is the hero and frankly, the world needs more female heroes. I will be proud to make it my one and only for years to come.

So the only thing left to do is for me to find an appropriate crown!


May the Schwartz be with you!

Rediscovering Purim

Our family is an interfaith one.  I also happened to grow up in an interfaith family.  I am probably one of those “Secular Jew” statistics, as far as my level of temple involvement, etc…  The thing is, I want to be Jewish.  I want to feel connected to my religion and I want to find more fun ways to celebrate the holidays and traditions.  Purim is a fabulous way to do just that.

Now from what I remember, as a child, Purim was a holiday where you eat hamantaschen and make a lot of noise in the synagogue.  You could dress up as a character from the story of Esther, but it wasn’t required.  As I’ve found out, in reconnecting with my Jewish roots, there is a lot more fun to be had with this holiday.  In the last few years, I’ve seen The Beatles and Star Wars themed Purim festivals and services, a step (or a few steps) above the old, dress up as a princess or old man options I had as a child.  There is still a rowdy atmosphere with groggers (noise makers) aplenty, but with a welcomed, more adult enhancement.  Alcohol.  Lots of it.

It’s traditional during Purim that you boo and make lots of noise every time you hear “Haman”, the name of the evil character in the Purim story.  What I never knew as a child is that it is a mitzvah to get SO drunk, you can’t tell the difference between, “God bless Mordechai” and “Down with Haman”.  Now, you don’t have to drink to have a great time, but let me tell you, getting rowdy and making a ton of crazy noise in the pews is way more fun, and a lot more awesome when people are passing jello shots down the aisles.  Even my Catholic reared husband thinks Purim is the bomb.

The essence of Purim is one of shedding your secular image and being proud to identify yourself as a Jew, as Esther did.  So, let me encourage you, if it’s been awhile since you’ve been to temple, if you have been on the fence about when to go poke your head in, go celebrate Purim this year.  It even falls on a Saturday night! (March 15)  It’s never too late to reconnect with your roots and party like your ancestors did: hard.  On Purim.

May the Schwartz be with you.