What is Purim, and how is it celebrated in the city?

Purim, a Jewish holiday, will be celebrated this week. Here is a guide to the holiday, including various ways to celebrate in New York City.

What is Purim?

Purim is considered one of the most fun, happy and joyous holidays on the Jewish calendar. It is a festival that commemorates the saving of Jewish people living in ancient Persia.

“In one word, I would say Purim is a day of joy,” Benny Rogosnitzky, the cantor at Park East Synagogue on the Upper East Side, said. “There is rarely, if ever, a day filled with more joy, happiness and sincere celebration more so than Purim.”

What is the history of Purim?


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