Purim is traditionally a time in which Jews partake in frivolity and excessive eating and drinking. We celebrate the triumph of Mordecai and the Jews over Haman and his attempted genocide. However, underneath the light-hearted nature of the holiday are more serious themes. Right before Purim, we observe the Fast of Esther in remembrance of the fast she observed before confronting the King about Haman’s evil decree. Just as we fast before Purim, so do we consider those who have to live with hunger throughout the year.
We encourage you to use these Jewish texts and study questions to consider our Jewish values that speak to the issue of hunger in this country and worldwide. May our Fast of Esther inspire us to work to combat the issue of hunger