Presented by Emunah
Emunah is a volunteer-based religious Zionist women’s organisation which provides educational and social welfare programs in Israel, and has branches all over the world. Emunah operates children’s day care centres, residential homes, and crisis intervention centres for children at risk, and a range of schools and training colleges. It also runs a variety of educational programs aimed at strengthening the family unit, and works to enhance the status of women in Israeli society by supporting women’s rights legislation and providing legal assistance to women in rabbinical courts.
Purim is a Jewish holiday that is celebrated annually on the 14th day of the month of Adar according to the Hebrew calendar. The festival commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people of the ancient Persian Empire from Haman's plot to annihilate them, as recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther. According to the story, Haman, royal vizier to King Ahashverosh, planned to kill the Jews. His plot was foiled by Esther, who was made queen after the previous queen Vashti was dismissed, and Mordechai, the cousin who raised Esther after her parents died. The Jews were delivered from the evil decree against them and were instead granted permission by the King to destroy their enemies. The day after the battle was designatedas a day of feasting and rejoicing.