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As a little girl, your
KOACH on Campus editor Audrey Shore, a student at Columbia/JTS, dressed up
as Renuzit. Really.
A campus may be the
perfect place for young people to drink. But Rabbi Elyse Winick questions
how seriously you should take the command to get drunk on Purim.
On Purim, our
tradition calls for fasting before feasting. How does this pertain to
your own life? Abe Friedman, a student at Boston University, argues that
it's your way to show solidarity with Israel
From Shushan to Hadera: Our Israeli
brethren need our support. Michael Frazin, a student at the University of
Illinois, says we must educate ourselves, first and foremost, by going to
Kid Tested, Adult
Approved! A Jew-by-choice, Chaya Oliver, of Florida Atlantic University,
learns that Purim is more than a Jewish Halloween.
and costumes of Purim can disguise AND reveal, according to Washington
University's Adam Rosenthal.
THE LIGHTER SIDE
People of the Cook:
Humorist Joel Chasnoff says Judaism may be the only religion where we eat
the protagonist's body parts.
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On The Lighter Side...
by Joel Chasnoff
Noted Jewish campus humorist Joel Chasnoff contributes
a regular column to KOACH on campus.
"The People of the Book," we are affectionately
called; but we could just as well be known as "The People of the Cook,"
for the undeniable fact is that we Jews like to define ourselves by what
we ingest. And never is that more evident than Purim time, when we partake
of Ozne Haman, literally "Haman's Ears," and, in so doing, become
the only religion on the planet to commemorate a holiday by eating the
protagonist's body parts.
It's quite a concept - this digestion of the bad guy.
We should do that at every holiday. What could be more appetizing than a
nice hot serving of Pharaoh's Fingers?
But at the very least, our foods have a connection
with the story we're remembering. (If someone can explain the connection
between chocolate rabbits and the return of the Lord's son after a three
day underground hiatus, be my guest...)
So whether it's matzah in the springtime, latkes in
December, or nothing at all on Yom Kippur, we Jews know that to truly
internalize a holiday, we must literally internalize the holiday. So pass
me an Ear of Haman, and go easy on the fruit filling (I never was a fan of