Friday, March 9, 2012

Happy Shushan Purim

It's not every day that you see and hear religious boys being so exuberant on the city streets.

But today was Shushan Purim in Jerusalem, and these boys, some in costume, were fulfilling the mitsvah of being extra happy (and showing it) on the holiday of Purim.

They were walking along the Old City wall, in the direction of Jaffa Gate.


crystal said...

Nice photos :) Would they be members of Orthodox Judaism - do followers of Reform and Cobservative Judaism also celebrate this way?

Mama Zen said...

Lovely pictures!

Theanne said...

Moments of tradition caught! Nicely done!

diane b said...

It is great to see the customs of other countries. Another plus for blogging.

Cloudia said...

Purim !!!!!

***N O I S E !!!!!!!**************

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Eki said...

I am not familiar with the Holiday and even after reading the Wiki link you gave, it still is a bit difficult to make the connection. But the joy and happiness the children show is very familiar -- the joy of a holiday.

Rob Siemann said...

Purim! I love it! Let's get drunk and make a lot of noise, that was my motto!

Olga said...

Purim is such a great holiday... love this Ottoman hat :) This is a very Jerusalem costume BTW - hadn't seen one of those in Tel Aviv.

After my trip to Jerusalem, I spent some time browsing your blog ("The Old City" label) to read about the different places we saw and people we've met - this is how I found your Petra hostel rooftop posts. I always enjoy your Jerusalem stories, so informative and educating, and this time it was really cool reading them right after seeing "the real thing".

Shabat Shalom from sunny Tel Aviv :)

Dina said...

Crystal, Purim is a fun holiday that all Jews, secular or religious, can celebrate.
The boys in the photos are ultra-Orthodox.

Cloudia, yes, lots of noise, including firecrackers and cap guns.

Eki, sorry, the whole story of Purim is at .
The part about Shushan Purim is rather confusing.

Rob, right, Purim is the only day of the year when it is a mitsvah to drink, "ad lo yada,"
derived from the rabbinic saying (Meg. 7b) that one should revel on Purim until one no longer knows (ad de-lo yada) the difference between "Blessed be Mordecai" and "Cursed be Haman."

Olga, I imagine the costumes in Tel Aviv would not be proper in tsniusdik Jerusalem. hehe
Yes, the Petra Hostel roof is a little-known treasure for viewing the Old City roofs. Glad you had a good time there. Great post you have today about your Jerusalem experience.

VP said...

I bought a hat like that to my son when he was a kid!

Robert Geiss said...

thank you for this journey through history and present. please have you all a wonderful celebration.

Madge Bloom said...

Love these shots!

Petrea Burchard said...

Happy to see happiness! The clothing the boys wear reminds me of my old Los Angeles neighborhood, the Fairfax district.

mirae said...

how cool beautiful Dina,
arent they sweet they are dancing with joy.

Spiderdama said...

I've never seen them for sure, but it seems like they are so similar that I have seen them, certainly:-)

Pietro said...

So interesting tradition, Dina. You've taken nice and spontaneous images.

Laura said...

wonderful photos Dina!

Kay said...

What a happy photo, Dina!