Raucous Jewish Holiday Celebrated New-Orleans Style

March 10, 2001

Source: The Times-Picayune

On March 10, 2001, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported on the celebration of Purim, "Judaism's most raucous holiday," in New Orleans. It includes music, dancing, costumes, and the "rabbinic injunction to drink until one." One rabbi described Purim as a night of "irreverent reverence." The feast of Purim recalls "the ancient tale of Jewish deliverance that is the Book of Esther."