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When Spiderman wears a Yarmulke and other awesome Purim costumes

The People of Israel get their party on -- cuteness ensues. Check out these awesome pics
 

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

 

dominique gobey

 

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

 

 

 

 

About the Author
Sarah Tuttle-Singer, Times of Israel's New Media editor, lives in Israel with her two kids in a village next to rolling fields. Sarah likes taking pictures, climbing roofs, and talking to strangers. She is the author of the book Jerusalem Drawn and Quartered. Sarah is a work in progress.
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