Quick Click: Vignettes from the Jewish News Archives, March 5, 2015



djn-1954-03-19-0-004Happy Shushan Purim! But what is Shushan Purim?

Shushan Purim, on March 6, 2015, is the day after one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar — Purim. It commemorates the day when the Jews of Shushan, the Persian capital, finally rested on the 15th day after defeating their enemies on the 14th day of Adar in the Hebrew calendar.

In the Book of Esther, it is noted that the rest of the Jews in the kingdom fought and defeated their enemies on the 13th day and rested on the 14th day of Adar. This is why Purim is celebrated on the 14th day of Adar and Shushan Purim is celebrated on the 15th day.

Because of the community celebrations that take place on Purim, some Jews look after the dead and have their annual dinners on Shushan Purim. Here’s a greeting for Purim from the Detroit Jewish News in 1954.

Want to learn more? Go to the DJN Foundation archives, available for free at www.djnfoundation.org.

By Adam Mosseri, Detroit Jewish News Foundation Fellow

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