פורים שמח Happy Purim everybody!
Purim is off to a great start in Ithaca.
Kitah Zayin got the ball rolling with a skit.
The crowd waited impatiently for the Rabbi to emerge in costume:
Flanked by his Kitah Zayin acolytes, the Rabbi made a grand entrance gangnam style to much cheering and yelling.
And then the Megillah reading was underway, The traffic light system was deployed to keep the crowd under strict control.
And the crowd was so well behaved that it was rewarded with showers of candy after Chapter 6, the point in the story where, as the Rabbi put it, it’s all downhill for Haman. It’s a topsy-turvy world, one moment you’re up and the next moment…..
The rest of the reading went smoothly except for when yours truly lost their place in the text and enthusiastically but embarrassingly let off a grogger in response to a Haman-sounding word. This enjoined a swift correction from the Rabbi “אַמָּה (cubit), not הָמָן!”
Our own Queen Esther got a special shout out from the bimah:
Macaroni boxes were provided as “recyclable groggers”, these could be purchased as a charitable donation with the food collected afterwards for donation – a wonderful idea.
The costumes were magnificent, there was a myriad of terrific outfits.
I spotted some Eastern potentates:
There was JImi Hendrix:
Rabbi Gangnam himself (this appears to be quite a trend for Rabbis):
Of course, everyone wants to cozy up to their queen:
That is when they are not saving the world (this superhero moves so fast this was the only non-blurry photo I could get):
I spotted the most adorable fairy:
and a ranching family:
I really loved this one:
and even found somebody playing at being a teenager (oh wait, never mind!):
The evening weather was mild, on the way home, we rolled down the windows of the car and basted Debbie Friedman’s punchy עושה שלום on the stereo*. I felt absurdly happy just to be alive, I told the kids “Haman tried to wipe us out, Hilter ימח שמו tried to wipe us out but guess what? WE’RE STILL HERE!!!”
*The version I have is from the Debbie Friedman album “As You Go On Your Way: Shacharit – The Morning Prayers” and the track can be downloaded here.