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Month of Adar: Purim Customs in Various Jewish Communities

What is a Purim Shpiel? What was Haman doing in Yemen? What do the children and adults in Morocco do immediately after the reading of the Megillah? Here are some facts about various Jewish customs, starting at the beginning of the month of Adar

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Fascinating traditional customs begin with the entry of the month of Adar. Here are a few unique ones:

Italy
Children would stand in two lines, one opposite the other - and throw nuts at each other.

Germany
Purim Shpiel: A mock play based on the Book of Esther. The Purim Shpiel actors dress up as heroes of the Purim story, dancing, singing and reciting humorous texts.

Hungary
As soon as the month of Adar begins, yeshivah students would act out Purim shpiels, and sing unique Purim songs.

Morocco
During the month of Adar, congregants would send food packages to each other, and the day after Purim – they would arrive at the synagogue with a handkerchief full of copper coins.

Iraq
They had a unique custom of playing games of chance.

Yemen
They would cut down trees and construct a puppet in the form of Haman. Once the structure stood and was stable enough - they would belt it with stones.

Tunisia
Also in Tunisia they would construct a puppet in the form of Haman but instead of destroying it, the children walked with it through the streets.

Romania
They adopted the idea of ​​the Purim Shpiel.
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Month of Adar: Purim Customs in Various Jewish Communities
Fascinating traditional customs begin with the entry of the month of Adar. Here are a few unique ones:

Italy
Children would stand in two lines, one opposite the other - and throw nuts at each other.

Germany
Purim Shpiel: A mock play based on the Book of Esther. The Purim Shpiel actors dress up as heroes of the Purim story, dancing, singing and reciting humorous texts.

Hungary
As soon as the month of Adar begins, yeshivah students would act out Purim shpiels, and sing unique Purim songs.

Morocco
During the month of Adar, congregants would send food packages to each other, and the day after Purim – they would arrive at the synagogue with a handkerchief full of copper coins.

Iraq
They had a unique custom of playing games of chance.

Yemen
They would cut down trees and construct a puppet in the form of Haman. Once the structure stood and was stable enough - they would belt it with stones.

Tunisia
Also in Tunisia they would construct a puppet in the form of Haman but instead of destroying it, the children walked with it through the streets.

Romania
They adopted the idea of ​​the Purim Shpiel.
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