Purim Masquerade

For centuries, the Jewish people have been putting on comic dramatizations of the Book of Esther called Purim shpielen (Yiddish for ‘plays’) on the holiday Purim. With a motley cast of characters, and chock full of melodrama and plot twists, the story lends itself to the stage. It is also customary to dress up on Purim and to wear masks – perhaps because the Book of Esther features characters whose identities, natures and intents are often hidden.

I’m making a book called Purim Masquerade in which you are invited to wear masks of the Purim story characters and pretend to be them.

 

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