Purim is a festive Jewish holiday where we celebrate with costumes, noisemakers and parties. But what is Purim about, once we strip away the revelry? What does the Megillah reveal about the true meaning of Purim?
Find out why Purim is still relevant, even in the 21st century.
What Is Purim About?
The Jewish holiday of Purim celebrates a miraculous turn of events in which the Jewish people were saved from a threat of national genocide. It is arguably the most joyous day of the Jewish year.
Some of the beloved commandments and traditions of Purim include dressing up in costume; giving gifts and charity to the poor; reading Megillat Esther or the Scroll of Esther; and eating, drinking and singing with friends and family. It’s a topsy-turvy kind of day, accompanied by a fun, almost ecstatic atmosphere of joy and celebration.
Baruch Nachshon was given the grant to study painting in New York by the last Lubavitch Rebbe, and he was the only artist to exhibit at Lubavitch world headquarters in Brooklyn. Mr. Nachshon was among the first Jewish settlers of Hebron in 1967 and opened a gallery next to the Cave of the Patriarchs in the 1970s. Nachshon continues to paint in his studio in Kiryat Arba, overlooking the city of Hebron, and he is always happy to welcome visitors.
Baruch Nachshon’s work is rife with overt mysticism and bright, colorful imagery. His favorite motifs include the flow of divine benevolence through creation, and the joy of the creations- usually symbolized by dancing Hassidim, soaring angels or living animals. His style employs a lush and vivid color palette, much movement and geometric repetition and symbolic elements which recur throughout his oeuvre.
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Artist Baruch Nachshon