The story of Samson and Delilah enjoys pride of place in a biblically themed parade float.
(photo credit: ELI NEEMAN)
The old adage about the reasoning behind some of our religious holidays goes something like: They tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat. That is certainly the case when it comes to Purim, although when it comes to the forthcoming holiday, the saying should probably be augmented with “and make merry.”While we are supposed to down four glassfuls of wine on Seder night, on Purim the alcohol often flows in much larger quantities. That can lead to – diplomatically put – a certain amount of revelry and hair-letting- down, which also comes across in public displays of a pervading feel-good factor.