Jewish people know how to party.

Especially on Purim when we are told straight up to eat, drink and be merry.

Just look at Israel where the streets are alive with revelry, with parades, with dancing and singing… and costumes… Ohhhh the costumes. It’s like the whole entire country becomes The Castro on Halloween.

And there’s a reason why we tear it up on Purim: We are celebrating the fact that long ago in Shushan, Persia, the wicked Haman wanted to annihilate the Jewish people, and through the bravery and creativity of the secretly-Jewish Queen Esther, we were saved.  (The story is way more complicated than that, but that’s kind of it in a nutshell)

Back in the day — (i.e., in the ’80′s when I was a kid) it was customary for kids to dress up as one of the characters in the story of Purim. But now, especially in Israel, anything goes.

So here goes:

 

 

Security at the Western Wall is especially tight today. Photo by Noam Navaro

Security at the Western Wall is especially tight today.
Photo by Noam Navaro

 

Juggling Photo by Judy Lash Balint

Juggling
Photo by Judy Lash Balint

 

Security on the bus is tight. Photo by Sarah Tuttle-Singer

Security on the bus is tight.
Photo by Sarah Tuttle-Singer

 

Sooo cute. Photo by Maya Assis

Sooo cute.
Photo by Maya Assis

 

ACK! Photo by Jeanne Cohen Klempner

ACK!
Photo by Jeanne Cohen Klempner

 

Purim in between the rain - Nachalat Benyamin.  Photo by  Annie Ahronheim

Purim in between the rain – Nachalat Benyamin.
Photo by
Annie Ahronheim

 

Spidergirl!  Photo by Yoni Cantor Wiseman

Spidergirl!
Photo by Yoni Cantor Wiseman

 

 

Very cool. Photo by Ruth Becker Mergi

Very cool.
Photo by Ruth Becker Mergi

 

A beautiful mermaid on land... Photo by Shaindy Urman

A beautiful mermaid on land…
Photo by Shaindy Urman

 

 

Suave. Very suave.  Photo by Zach Harris

Suave. Very suave.
Photo by Zach Harris

 

Party on until you don't know the difference between Blessed be Mordechai and Cursed be Haman.  Photo submitted by Raaya Ben Avraham.

Party on until you don’t know the difference between Blessed be Mordechai and Cursed be Haman.
Photo submitted by Raaya Ben Avraham.

 

 

Apparently, Princess Anna from Frozen is a popular choice. Photo by David Zlotnick

Apparently, Princess Anna from Frozen is a popular choice.
Photo by David Zlotnick

 

RAWR! Photo by Jason Fredric Gilbert

RAWR!
Photo by Jason Fredric Gilbert

 

Ain't no party like a kibbutz party.  Photo submitted by Raaya Ben-Avraham

Ain’t no party like a kibbutz party.
Photo submitted by Raaya Ben-Avraham

 

Omg I cannot handle the cuteness! Photo by Maya Assis.

Omg I cannot handle the cuteness!
Photo by Maya Assis.

 

 Photo by Leora Leeder


Photo by Leora Leeder

 

No raining on THIS parade. (But many others weren't as lucky)

No raining on THIS parade. (But many others weren’t as lucky)

 

So sweet... Photo by Ruth Becker Mergi

So sweet…
Photo by Ruth Becker Mergi

 

Fierce! Photo by Deborah Michael

Fierce!
Photo by Deborah Michael

 

 

Cute!

Cute!

 

Awesome. Photo by Uri Gobey

Awesome.
Photo by Uri Gobey

 

Purim in Israel

Possibly the most adorable picture in the entire universe.
Photo by Arsen Ostrovsky

TLV knows how to party Photo submitted by Miriam Young

TLV knows how to party
Photo submitted by Miriam Young

 

 

So pretty! Photo by Maya Assis

So pretty!
Photo by Maya Assis

 

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Photo by Sharon Lieberman

Photo by Sharon Lieberman

 

Awesomeness.  Photo by Shara Shetrit

Awesomeness.
Photo by Shara Shetrit

 

Party on until you don't know the difference between Blessed be Mordechai and Cursed be Haman.  Photo submitted by Raaya Ben Avraham.

Party on until you don’t know the difference between Blessed be Mordechai and Cursed be Haman.
Photo submitted by Raaya Ben Avraham.

 

 

Gorgeous mermaid girl. Photo by Laura Ben-David

Gorgeous mermaid girl.
Photo by Laura Ben-David

 

Gallant! Photo by Karyn Blass

Gallant!
Photo by Karyn Blass

 

Groovy! Photo by Shari Wright Pilo

Groovy!
Photo by Shari Wright Pilo

 

Harry is off to Hogwarts for the Megillah reading. {hoto by Arnie Draiman

Harry is off to Hogwarts for the Megillah reading.
{hoto by Arnie Draiman

 

Getting their party on. Photo by Jon Jacobson

Getting their party on.
Photo by Jon Jacobson

 

Hello Kitty, a perennial favorite! Photo by Yoni Cantor Wiseman

Hello Kitty, a perennial favorite!
Photo by Yoni Cantor Wiseman

 

 

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Pretty! Photo by Zach Harris.

Pretty!
Photo by Zach Harris.

 

Diving Mishloach Manot Photo by Rivkah White

Diving Mishloach Manot
Photo by Rivkah White

 

An arresting Purim... Photo by Rob Cohen

An arresting Purim…
Photo by Rob Cohen

 

 

Purim in Jerusalem... in 1964! Photo submitted by Celia Maurice

Purim in Jerusalem… in 1964!
Photo submitted by Celia Maurice

 

 

Adorable Photo by Keren Levy Sokolovsky

Adorable
Photo by Keren Levy Sokolovsky

 

Laughter is healing. Photo by Corinne Berzon

Laughter is the best medicine.
Photo by Corinne Berzon

 

Zombies have taken over Jerusalem. Photo submitted by Joel Haber

Zombies have taken over Jerusalem.
Photo submitted by Joel Haber

 

 

My spidey-senses are tingling... Photo by Chrystal Henle

My spidey-senses are tingling…
Photo by Chrystal Henle

 

 

The makings of a great road trip.  Photo by Molly Livingstone.

The makings of a great road trip.
Photo by Molly Livingstone.

 

IDF soldiers know how to party.

IDF soldiers know how to party.
Photo submitted by Aryeh Rosenberg.

 

Cinderella and Prince Charming Photo submitted by Royi Gutkin

Cinderella and Prince Charming
Photo submitted by Royi Gutkin

 

 

 

Photo submitted by Dov Epstein

Photo submitted by Dov Epstein

 

Purim parade! Photo by Sherry Orbach

Purim parade!
Photo by Sherry Orbach

 

Ad lo yada...

Ad lo yada…
Photo by Ilan Yaron

 

 

Waaay too much Purim

Waaay too much Purim

 

 

 

 

 

Send me your Purim pics, and I’ll add them: sarah@timesofisrael.com

 

 

 

 

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