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Purim in Tel Aviv before the War

Purim in Tel Aviv before the War

Purim starts Saturday night.

Israel Matzav posted this great movie of Purim in Tel Aviv in 1932-34:

The Book of Esther is particularly appropriate now.


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I had to read about the celebration of Purim. Eating, drinking, singing, remembering how the good guys beat the bad guys… I’m not Jewish but it sounds like my kind of holiday. Freilichin Purim to all at LI!

Here’s a great YouTube video on the subject: Crash Course on Purim

9thDistrictNeighbor | February 22, 2013 at 6:00 pm

I always love the Maccabeats’ Purim Song!

I had no idea that Tel Aviv was such a bustling place between the wars. It’s quite the cosmopolitan place now. Great video.

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to 9thDistrictNeighbor. | February 22, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    The League Of Nations mandated the formerly Ottoman territories of Southern Syria through to Jordan To be administered by Britain.

    It was not a desert that just sprung to life in 48. If you read the various reports they would not be out of place today except they had beautifully constructed English.

    Life goes on. Ob la Di Ob la Da.

    Desmond had a store in the market place

    Molly was a singer in the band …….

TrooperJohnSmith | February 22, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Nowadays, some “poor, aggrieved Palestinian” would strap a bomb to his kid and take him to the parade. Hell, even with all the outrages perpetrated by the old Nazi-loving Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, they could still hold a peaceful parade.

TrooperJohnSmith | February 22, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Oh, as far as the Book of Esther is concerned, that is completely lost on the Narcissist-in-Chief. In his world, the only Esther he ever heard about was was Fred Sandford’s sister-in-law. If Jerry Wright didn’t preach it – and I can find nothing in Esther that smacks of Liberation Theology – then Barack hasn’t heard about it.

BannedbytheGuardian | February 23, 2013 at 3:00 am

Reading up on Esther I was intrigued to find a 2009 novel by Debra Sparks which places Esther in – of all places – Madison Wisconsin.

Other than that on the trad story , I’ve got to like Vashti who told the king to FO.

Are we allowed to have opinions on biblical characts or not ? if so , I should start reading .

Esther was a very beautiful woman, and Vashti probably was a bit of a harpy at times being privledged for so long. I was not surprised the King let her go. As for the lesson: Femininity in a patriarchal society is important. Conversely, in our modern day, Masculinity is important in a feminized (or matriarchal) society.

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Paul. | February 23, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Vashti = possible harpy & privileged.

    Esther = beautiful woman.

    Virgin Mary vs Mary Magdalene – it gets old.