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Truth be told, I was a bit anxious. After all, what could I expect to find in the house of a woman who is known not only for her brilliant and beautiful mishloach manos and costumes, but who runs a full-basement costume gemach for the whole town?
“Ladies and Gentleman! Step right up! Join us for a stupendous spectacle of splendor, a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the circus of the century!” Step into the circus ring. It’s warm in there, despite the winter cold, heated by a thousand bodies. The smell of sawdust that covers the floor mingles with the aroma of fresh popcorn and cheap cologne. Then too, there’s a slight scent of blood, for the lions must always be fed before a performance.
Most of us race through the holiday — rushing to deliver mishloach manos, sprinting to hear megillah on time, zipping around the kitchen to prepare the seudah. Here’s how a little preparation can help you slow down and tap into Purim’s spiritual power.
Masks, masquerades, mystery, and minhagim. All are components essential to the mystique of Purim. Over the centuries, a profusion of Purim minhagim has developed — each as unique as the community that boasts of it. Customs and costumes — these practices only add to the Purim celebration