Invasion of the Brides (and Pirates and Clowns and Lions)
Posted by Avital Pinnick on March 6, 2012
Tomorrow is Ta’anit Esther, the fast that falls the day before Purim, so schools hold Purim parties today. Purim is a Jewish festival that commemorates the foiling of Haman’s plot to kill the Jews during the Persian period (see the Book of Esther). Sudden reversal of fortune is a theme that runs through the story of Esther, Mordechai, and Haman, so that things are not what they seem. This aspect of Purim is commemorated in the custom of dressing up in costumes. It is a bit reminiscent of Halloween, except that the children are giving food to their friends (custom of mishloach manot), rather than collecting it. The brides are Queen Esther. Since few girls can resist being princess for a day, white dresses and veils are everywhere.
These photos were taken from a minibus in the Sanhedria neighbourhood of Jerusalem on my way to work. They’re just snapshots and had to be colour-corrected because the van’s windows are tinted. I was sitting in the second row and some of the photos were taken between the seats, through the front windshield.
I think he’s an artist. I once dressed my son as an artist and drew a mustache on his face.
A Chinese girl and a nurse speak to Minnie Mouse at the bus stop.
Grocery store displaying the baskets of food that people send to their friends on Purim. You have no idea how much junk food one can accumulate! I’m so glad that we have communal mishloach manot. You check off, on a computerized list on a Web site, the families in the neighbourhood that you want to send mishloach manot to. Each family gets ONE basket of food (donated by the local mini-market and packed by local teenage volunteers) with a list of names of the senders. The money goes to charity. Most years, more than $10,000 is raised by our neighbourhood. It’s a good cause, saves a lot of headaches and shopping, and it reduces the mountain of cheap candies that used to appear in our kitchens, only one month before we have to get rid of everything for Passover. We still give a few portions of food, but the expense and effort are kept within reasonable bounds.