Purim: a time for pure joy

By Nikolas Samuels

Last update: Sunday, March 12th, 2017

In Judaism, it is a mitzvah and commandment to have pure joy. This rings especially true on Purim.

Jews around the world held Purim carnivals in honor of the holiday, and the Santa Clarita Valley was no exception.

Hundreds of people gathered at Valencia Heritage Park on Sunday for a Purim carnival organized by three congregations in the community: Temple Beth Ami, Congregation Beth Shalom and Chabad of SCV.

“Purim means a celebration of Jewish pride, a reminder that God is looking out for us,” said Rabbi Mendel Dinerman.

Rabbi Mendel Dinerman helps Josh Levine put on tefillin at the Purim carnvial at Valencia Heritage Park on Sunday. Wearing tefillin is a form of praying—the black, leather boxes contain scrolls of parchment with verses from the Torah on them. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal

Purim celebrates the victory of the Jewish people over Haman that happened over 2,000 years ago.

Haman was an adviser of King Ahasuerus who decided he wanted to annihilate the Jewish people.

The leader of the Jewish people, Rabbi Mordechai, gathered the Jews and prayed.

Esther, King Ahasuerus’s queen, then joined with Mordechai and, with God’s help, convinced the king not to kill the Jewish people.

From left to right, Beau Beigel, 6, and Noah Beigel, 11, play games at the Purim Carnival at Valencia Heritage Park on Sunday. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal

“The holiday of Purim is different than any other holiday in that there is no open miracle,” said Rabbi Choni Marozov of Chabad of SCV

There are two kinds of miracles though. There is a miracle that supersedes nature and the miracle with in nature.

“Purim celebrates our day to day miracles, so life itself is a miracle,” said Marozov. “We call it nature but it’s really miraculous.”

Israel Marsow, 15, and Shalom Marsow, 13, find joy in juggling at the Purim carnival at Valencia Heritage Park on Sunday. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal

 

 

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Purim: a time for pure joy

Georgia Sewell, 6, gives a thumbs up while riding in a giant hamster ball at the Purim Carnival at Valencia Heritage Park on Sunday. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal

In Judaism, it is a mitzvah and commandment to have pure joy. This rings especially true on Purim.

Jews around the world held Purim carnivals in honor of the holiday, and the Santa Clarita Valley was no exception.

Hundreds of people gathered at Valencia Heritage Park on Sunday for a Purim carnival organized by three congregations in the community: Temple Beth Ami, Congregation Beth Shalom and Chabad of SCV.

“Purim means a celebration of Jewish pride, a reminder that God is looking out for us,” said Rabbi Mendel Dinerman.

Rabbi Mendel Dinerman helps Josh Levine put on tefillin at the Purim carnvial at Valencia Heritage Park on Sunday. Wearing tefillin is a form of praying—the black, leather boxes contain scrolls of parchment with verses from the Torah on them. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal

Purim celebrates the victory of the Jewish people over Haman that happened over 2,000 years ago.

Haman was an adviser of King Ahasuerus who decided he wanted to annihilate the Jewish people.

The leader of the Jewish people, Rabbi Mordechai, gathered the Jews and prayed.

Esther, King Ahasuerus’s queen, then joined with Mordechai and, with God’s help, convinced the king not to kill the Jewish people.

From left to right, Beau Beigel, 6, and Noah Beigel, 11, play games at the Purim Carnival at Valencia Heritage Park on Sunday. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal

“The holiday of Purim is different than any other holiday in that there is no open miracle,” said Rabbi Choni Marozov of Chabad of SCV

There are two kinds of miracles though. There is a miracle that supersedes nature and the miracle with in nature.

“Purim celebrates our day to day miracles, so life itself is a miracle,” said Marozov. “We call it nature but it’s really miraculous.”

Israel Marsow, 15, and Shalom Marsow, 13, find joy in juggling at the Purim carnival at Valencia Heritage Park on Sunday. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal

 

 

Nikolas Samuels

Nikolas Samuels