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11 year-old Israeli says “Purim costumes – Not for me!”

Hello, my name is Thomas Cherny-Roitman. I live in Kiryat Shmona and I am 11 years old. My mum gets updates from you, so I thought that this would be interesting for you. It started when some children in my class asked me why I’m not going to have a costume on Purim. At first, I always told them that my mum wasn’t letting me do it but I really wanted to dress up. A few days later, Elohim made me understand why my mum didn’t let me dress up, so now – I don’t even want to dress up. So I wrote a flier to give it to them so they could read the explanations. So here is the flier:
Hello, my name is Thomas and I am in the 6th grade. A lot of you have been asking me why I’m not going to dress up for Purim, so now you’ll know. There are 4 things that we should do on Purim:
  • Give presents to poor people.
  • Send food parcels.
  • Read the book of Esther.
  • Have a feast and be joyful.
I am trying my best to go by the Bible, so I am going to do my best of doing these things. I have given my class some sweeties, as a food parcel to friends, we are also thinking of giving presents to the people that my mum works for. If I find some poor people who need help – I will give them presents. On Purim day, we always read the book of Esther, and do a celebration of joy for our victory. I know that if I ask each one of you what is the first thing that you think of when someone says Purim, you will all answer “Costumes!!!” That is wrong because we have the festival of Purim to remember our victory against our enemies, and instead of thinking about costumes, we should be thinking about Mordechai and Esther. I know that it says in the Bible to be joyful, and I also know that there are children that are joyful when they can dress up. But is it really a joy, when you dress up into a doctor-murderer, or a killing angel? I actually heard that some children wanted to dress up into a clown-murderer, and I’m glad that our school didn’t let that happen. I think that the joy that is mentioned in the Bible is a spiritual joy and that we need to remember and be glad because of Elohim’s help, Mordechai’s faith, and Esther’s bravery. If I would have to dress up, I would dress up into Mordechai, and do some kind of a play about Purim, with Mordechai, Esther, Xerxes…
When I lived in England, every year there was a festival called “Halloween”, it was a scary festival with scary costumes, and to my great sadness, Purim sometimes makes me remember of that awful festival.
To conclude, I have to tell you that a few days ago, I really wanted to dress up, but now I understand that I was wrong.
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Thomas is 11 years old and lives with his family in the northern Galilee region of Israel. He is in the 6th grade.

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