A main character and hero of the Purim story. Esther marries the king and her actions convince him to spare the Jewish people from death.
"Noisemaker" (Hebrew); used to drown out Haman's name during the megillah reading on Purim.
A main character of the Purim story, Haman is the villain who tries to orchestrate the murder all the Jews in Persia. At the end of story, Haman is hung on the gallows that he built for the Jews.
Triangle shaped pastries commonly filled with apricot jam or poppyseed spread and eaten on Purim; the shape represents Haman's hat.
"Scroll;" One of the five m'gillot (plural) in the Bible: Esther, Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentation and Ecclesiastes.
Literally, “presents for the poor.” Tzedakah (charitable giving) in honor of Purim.
mishloach manos, shalach monos
"Sending of portions;" baskets of sweets and other foods exchanged among friends on Purim.
A main character of the Purim story, Mordechai was Esther’s uncle who encouraged her to marry the king and helped her convince the king to save the Jews from destruction.
"Lots;" holiday that commemorates Queen Esther's actions to save the Jews of Persia from death; marked by a festive reading of the story, contained in the Scroll of Esther.
Humorous play performed as part of the celebration of Purim.