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Happy Shushan Purim from Jerusalem!
March 13, 2014

Happy Purim! Or rather, Happy Shushan Purim!

This coming Sunday, March 16, 2014, is the Jewish holiday of Purim, which can be celebrated all over the world - except Jerusalem. The following day, Monday, March 17, 2014, is Shushan Purim, which can be celebrated only in Jerusalem (and maybe one or two other places).

What's the difference between the two days? Read more to find out ...

Whether you're celebrating Purim or Shushan Purim, we wish you a very joyous day!

Traditionally, there are four ways to mark this special holiday:

In addition, the custom is for everyone to dress up and make merry, so have fun!

This month in Jerusalem, Yambakerach, the Jerusalem ice skating rink opens until Passover and the Jerusalem Marathon will be taking place March 21, 2014. Read more …

Summer will be here before we know it, so if you’re planning a trip to Jerusalem later this year, now is the time to book your hotel and discuss an itinerary with one of our tour guides.

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Also, remember that we’re here to deliver your prayers to the Western Wall in Jerusalem for you. (Your prayers are strictly confidential and are deleted from our system as soon as they are delivered to the Wall.)

This is a free service that we consider a privilege to provide. Jewish tradition, however, teaches that prayer and charity, together, have the power to change Divine decrees. So please consider super-charging your prayer with a donation to our charity fund for disabled children in Jerusalem. Your donation, however small, will help provide much needed services, therapy and medications for severely disabled children in Jerusalem.

In the meantime, enjoy this wonderful holiday, whether you're celebrating Purim, Shushan Purim - or both!

PS - Since many of you have expressed interest in learning Hebrew, this time we're including a Purim message from Maya, one of eTeacher's outstanding Hebrew instructors.


My name is Maya Levin and I am writing to you directly from Israel.

We read in the Talmud "when Adar begins, joy increases". In the Hebrew month of Adar we celebrate Purim, which is the most joyous holiday of the Jewish calendar.

The word "Purim" comes from "Pur" which means "drawing" and mentions the fact that Haman drew the month he was going to destroy the Jewish people, as we see in Esther 3. Purim is the day the Jews celebrate the fact that Haman could not finish his plans, and the Jewish people were saved. It is the most "materialist" feast in the Jewish calendar.

On the other side, we have the "Day of Atonement", known as "Yom Kippur" or "Yom HaKipurim". Literally, "the day that is like Purim". How can that be?

What is the relationship between the holiest day of the year, and the more materialistic day? The Day of Atonement is like Purim because religious experience is not made only from spirituality and fasts. It is also celebrated, perhaps at a higher level, with our joy as we celebrate with food and drink.

When we read the Bible in the Hebrew original, we find that two words in different texts have the same root and we can understand the previously unimaginable meaning and the relationship between them that was lost in translation.

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Maya Levin


About the teacher

Maya holds a Bachelors degree in Pilosophy. She had a scholarship that allowed her to study Philosophy of Sclence and translate some of the works of the mathematiclan Emmy Noether.She was born in Brazil and lived there until she decided to expend her summer vacations in Jerusalem studying Judaism.

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