Purim – the Jewish celebration of courage, deliverance, and the Book of Esther (about which Martin Luther was despicably clueless) – starts tonight!
What to do on Purim:
- Read the book of Esther;
- Send gifts of food;
- Send gifts of money;
- Party like it’s Purim!
I do not actually party, but I am making hamantaschen.
This has turned into a political act, I guess, because of Bon Appetit’s “archive repair project,” and the public shaming it’s provoked – here’s one example – and the predictable “You’re wrong!” “No, you’re wrong!” multi-media-vehicle crash.
Unless, which seems more likely, it was always a political act and it took people this long to notice.
On a lighter note, in some circles hamantaschen have been deeply controversial for a long time.
Image: Esther scroll, Israel Museum, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons