That fear is that Purim and its Megilla (the Book of Esther) would inspire a wannabe to open fire on a group of innocents.
Mixed with the joy of Purim carnivals and costumes, the symbolism will not be ignored by Israelis.
We fasted for Yom Kippur, read from the Megillah for Purim, and said bruchas over every meal.
To my surprise, rhyming "Santorum" with "Purim" proved very popular with readers.
Liberal Judaism has sadly been guilty of Pediatric Judaism for a long time, and not just on Purim.
But the date had now been moved from midsummer to early spring, and into the neighbourhood of the feast of Purim.
The smacks pained, and the words "'Purim' presents" gnawed at my brain.
The feast of Purim, which was instituted in token of the deliverance wrought through Esther, coincides in date with Easter.
But he heeded them as little as Haman heeds the "Purim" rattles.
Now Jensen's solution is that the fast at Purim represents the wailing for Tammuz, or somebody of his type.
Jewish festival on the 14th of Adar (in commemoration of the defeat of Haman's plot), late 14c., from Hebrew purim, literally "lots" (plural of pur), identified with haggoral "the lot" (Esther iii:7, ix:24), perhaps from Akkadian puru "stone, urn," "which itself is prob. a loan word from Sumeric bur" [Klein].