Good News Friday – Shushan Purim edition

Purim is finished in most of Israel and the world, but it is celebrated the following day, i.e. today, in Jerusalem and other cities that were walled in ancient times.

So in honour of this special chag, here are a couple of cute items in the spirit of the day.

Here is the very talented husband and wife duo Yonina singing “If Purim was a Pop Song“. 😀


And for some not-so-serious food for thought, here is former British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks discussing (or not) religious issues with comedian Ashley Blaker.

Enjoy! Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom!

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6 Responses to Good News Friday – Shushan Purim edition

  1. Elise "Ronan" says:

    Please explain why the fact that Jerusalem had walls in ancient times, leaves to celebrating Purim one day later. Thanks. And Chag sameach !

    • Yves P. says:

      I was going to ask the same thing.

    • anneinpt says:

      It’s written in black and white in the Megillah (the Book of Esther), ch. 9, v. 15-19

      “15 And the Jews that were in Shushan gathered themselves together on the fourteenth day also of the month Adar, and slew three hundred men in Shushan; but on the spoil they laid not their hand.
      16 And the other Jews that were in the king’s provinces gathered themselves together, and stood for their lives, and had rest from their enemies, and slew of them that hated them seventy and five thousand–but on the spoil they laid not their hand–
      17 on the thirteenth day of the month Adar, and on the fourteenth day of the same they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness.
      18 But the Jews that were in Shushan assembled together on the thirteenth day thereof, and on the fourteenth thereof; and on the fifteenth day of the same they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness.
      19 Therefore do the Jews of the villages, that dwell in the unwalled towns, make the fourteenth day of the month Adar a day of gladness and feasting, and a good day, and of sending portions one to another.

      Nowadays the criteria for observing Shushan Purim is if the city was walled in the time of Joshua. In Israel this is the city of Jerusalem. Hebron, Yafo and Akko are doubtful so some people keep 2 days Purim!

      • Elise "Ronan" says:

        I still don’t get it. ): Sorry

        • anneinpt says:

          The text is very terse, as it always is in the Tanakh. What they are saying is that because the Jews of Shushan fought on the 13th and 14th of Adar, and only rested on the 15th, the sages extrapolated from that that from then on, |Jews who live in walled cities like Shushan was, should observe Purim on the 15th, the day of Shushan’s “rest” from the fighting. And Jews who live in unwalled cities (the vast majority of us) should observe Purim on the 14th Adar, because they only had to fight on the 13th Adar, and could rest on the 14th.

          So in Israel, most of the country keeps 14th Adar as Purim. But in Jerusalem the 14th is a regular workday, and they start Purim as it finishes in the rest of the country. This year, we “unwalled” Israelis and Jews worldwide had Purim on Thursday, and Jerusalem had it on Friday, and it’s called Shushan Purim in memory of that walled city and the extra fighting they had to do.

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