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The events commemorated by Purim took place in the ancient Persian Empire, in the fifth century BCE, under the reign of King Achashverosh. Mordechai, a Jew, refused to bow down and prostrate himself before Haman, the vizier to the King. Haman immediately set out "to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of Achashverosh" (Esther 3,6). In order to effect his vicious racist plan, Haman decided to enlist the aid of the unsuspecting King Achashverosh. Since Haman was a very superstitious person, he had lots cast to determine on which day he
should carry out his design. The word for lots is "Purim", and from it we get the name for the holiday. The chosen date was the thirteenth of Adar.

The king, who trusted Haman, agreed to his plan to murder the Jews. For Haman had told him that the Jews were "scattered abroad in all the provinces," and that "their laws are different from those of every people" (Esther 3,8).

Letters, written by Haman and signed by the king, were sent out throughout all the provinces, commanding all persons "to destroy, to slay, and to cause to perish all the Jews" (Esther 3,13). The Jews would have been massacred, had it not been for Esther, Mordechai's cousin, who had been chosen queen a few years earlier. Queen Esther was able to intercede and save the Jewish community from genocide.

Haman was hanged on the gallows which he himself had prepared for Mordechai.The Jews of Persia were spared and judgments were executed on their enemies.

Mordechai thereupon sent letters to all the Jews, calling upon them to observe the fourteenth and the fifteenth of Adar, "the days wherein the Jews had rest from their enemies, and the month which was turned for them from sorrow to gladness, and from mourning into a good day; that they should make them days of feasting and gladness, and of sending portions (mishloach manot) one to another and gifts to the poor (matanot la'evyonim)" (Esther 9,22).

Some of the nicest traditions of Purim are matanot laevyonim, the giving of gifts to the poor, and mishloach manot, the giving of gifts of food to friends and family.

Purim is known as a time of delicious smells emanating from the kitchen from the baking of the delicious sweets and goodies. Hamantaschen, a Purim cookie named for the three-cornered hat that Haman wore, is one of the favorites.


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Gift Baskets for Purim:

Purim Gift Baskets Australia AU - Australian Capital Territory ACT New South Wales NSW Norfolk Island NI Northern Territory NT Queensland QLD Southern Australia SA Tasmania TAS Victoria VIC Western Australia WA

Purim Gift Baskets Canada CA - Alberta AB British Columbia BC Manitoba MB New Brunswick NB Newfoundland/Labrador NL Northwest Territories NT NWT Nova Scotia NS Nunavut NU Ontario ON Prince Edward Island PE PEI Quebec QC PQ Saskatchewan SK Yukon Territory YT

Purim Gift Baskets Europe - Austria AU Belgium BE Bulgaria BU Czech Republic CZ Denmark DE Finland FI France FR Germany GE Greece GR Hungary HU Italy IT Luxembourg LU The Netherlands NE Norway NO Poland PL Portugal PO Republic of Ireland IR Romania RO Slovakia SK Bratislava Spain SP Sweden SW Switzerland SZ

Purim Gift Baskets Middle East - Egypt, EG Iran, IR Israel, IL Jordan, JO Kuwait, KW Lebanon, LB Oman, OM Qatar, QA Saudi Arabia, SA Syria, SY Turkey, TR United Arab Emirates, AE Yemen, YE

Purim Gift Baskets New Zealand NZ - Auckland AU Bay of Plenty BP Gisborne GI Hawke's Bay HB Manawatu-Wanganui MW Northland NL Taranaki TA Waikato WA Wellington WE Canterbury CB Marlborough MB Nelson NS Otago OT Southland SL Tasman TS West Coast WC

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Purim Gift Baskets United Kingdom UK - England Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

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