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New York, NY - Groups to Celebrate Purim at Iran's UN Mission

Published on: March 3, 2011 08:43 PM
By: Full article at Arutz Sheva
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New York, NY - Several Jewish groups in the U.S. have decided to celebrate the holiday of Purim differently this year, and have decided to hold a Megillah reading at the Iranian UN Mission in Manhattan, New York.

The event is sponsored by Americans for a Safe Israel, Amcha-Coalition for Jewish Concerns, Jewish Political Education Foundation, and ZSTREET, and its purpose is to “tell the world—and today’s Haman, Iranian dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad—that we will not be silent as he threatens Israel with destruction and seeks ways to further destabilize the Mideast.”

The Scroll (Megillah) of Esther is read twice during the holiday of Purim, once in the evening and once in the morning, and is the basis for the celebration of the holiday. The story takes place during the time of the ancient Persian Empire, modern day Iran, and hence the comparison between the evil Haman, who ordered that all the Jews of Persia be massacred on the 13th day of the month of Adar, and President Ahmadinejad.

Another reason for the comparison, besides the geography, is Ahmadinejad’s repeated calls to destroy Israel.

The Public Megillah Reading at the Iranian UN Mission will take place on Purim, Sunday, March 20 at noon local time at 633 Third Avenue at 40th Street, Manhattan.


Participants are encouraged to bring their own megillah, groggers (used to drown out the name of Haman whenever it is mentioned during the megillah reading), whistles, costumes, and posters. During the megillah reading men and women will stand separately.

For more information on this event, call +1-212-828-2424.

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 Mar 03, 2011 at 09:01 PM AlbertEinstein Says:

V'nahapoch hu, asher yishlitu haYehudim heimah b'soneihem.

V'chein yehi Ratzon.


 Mar 03, 2011 at 09:28 PM Rachel W. Says:

What a novel idea! Alas, I fear that all the noise will fall on deaf ears.


 Mar 03, 2011 at 10:21 PM shauli Says:

can i get the times please,that would be great


 Mar 04, 2011 at 08:17 AM Aron1 Says:

Reply to #3  
shauli Says:

can i get the times please,that would be great

Being that the article said Purim, Sunday, March 20th at noon, I will go out on a limb and say:
Purim, Sunday, March 20th at 12:00 pm



 Mar 04, 2011 at 10:41 AM The_Truth Says:

Bunch of crackpots!
Nothing productive will come of this - if anything, only more animosity towards the Jews there, Israel and against Americans in general.


 Mar 04, 2011 at 12:00 PM GB_Jew Says:

How will the putative Purim protesters be dressed?


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