I’m sorry to say that VESSELS is cancelled tonight due to the snow storm. Such a bummer! But don’t worry, we are going to just push our Purim celebration until next Wednesday (March 4). This works out even better because Purim actually starts on evening of March 4 this year. So plan on getting dressed up in royal attire next week (worth 3 homework points).  BONUS HOMEWORK: If you want to earn extra points for next week, read the book of Esther… Read more »

Hamantaschen or Haman’s ears are a traditional Purim treat. I know it sounds weird to eat someone’s ears, but if anyone deserved, really, Haman did. If you are familiar with the book of Esther, you’ll recall that Haman was the wicked, manipulative man who tried to annihilate the Jews. But because of Queen Esther’s bravery to take a stand for her people, the Jews were saved. Thus, the celebration of Purim.  Here’s the recipe: 2 sticks of butter 2 cups sugar… Read more »

What is Purim? Purim is a Jewish holiday/feast that usually falls in February or early March. This year Purim begins on the evening of March 4 and ends the evening of March 5. Purim celebrates the story of Esther–how the Jewish people were saved from a plot of mass murder in ancient Persia.  On Purim, the book of Esther is read out loud. Every time the name of “Haman” is mentioned, listeners make noise and boo and hiss. Haman was the… Read more »

Last Wednesday night at VESSELS Club, we started to learn about Esther. She was a beautiful orphan who was crowned queen of Persia. And, she had a secret: she was a Jew. In the same time in Persia, an evil man named Haman was plotting to murder the entire Jewish population. The brave Esther stepped forward to save her people, but it wasn’t an easy decision. As in most situations of politics, there were a number of dangerous elements that… Read more »