Shushan Purim Today

Happy Purim sign and several Queen Esthers!

As most of you know, yesterday was Purim.  Wednesday was ta’anit Esther, which is a fast day.  This commemorates the three-day fast of the Jewish people in the book of Esther.

Yesterday was Purim, and there were many children and adults dressed up, such as the family above who were walking down the street yesterday.

Today is Shushan Purim.  When the holiday of Purim was set for the 14th of Adar, the sages instituted that Shushan residents perpetually observe Purim on the 15th of Adar—the day when the Shushanite Jews celebrated. The 15th of Adar is hence known as “Shushan Purim.”

Along with Shushan (which is located in modern-day southwestern Iran), all cities that were walled at the time when the Israelites, under the leadership of Joshua, entered Canaan, observe Purim on the 15th.

Today, the only city that we are certain had walls in Joshua’s times is Jerusalem


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