Monday, March 13, 2006

Purim in Israel

For someone who often confuses the words LeHitchapess (to dress up) and LeHitpashet (to undress / get naked), Purim can potentially be a testing time when asking people about their plans for the festival... and for someone who didn't think of bringing random colourful clothes when they were packing their 75kg for Aliya, the mass panic over what outfit to wear can raise some difficulties.

Yet at the end of the day, Israel is a great place to be for celebrating, even if there are a few too many fairies and cross dressed men (some enjoy that a little bit too much if you ask me - a bit like Purim is an excuse to do those things you always wanted to, but didn’t think you could get away with – and that is perhaps why the real frummers get really really drunk).

Yet seeing Israeli kids walking the streets in costume, store keepers wishing people Chag Sameach and the general enjoyment of a Jewish festival by mainly secular people is one of things that, in my opinion, is special about Israel and that one couldn’t find anywhere else.

So whether it’s the goth like Halloween-gone-wrong outfits sported by some, girls dressing up as monsters in Tel Aviv (I think they were dressed up) or those people i saw today in Bnei Barak that dressed up as Charedim, there are plenty of laughs and fun to be had over Purim.

And if you really want to see something that will make you laugh on this joyous day, please click on the following two links (I know I will regret this, but hey its Purim…)

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