כ״ג באדר ה׳תשע״ז (March 21, 2017) Purim: A holiday to be happy and make others happy
This week was jam-packed with fun, but nothing was quite like Purim. We arrived back at the Chava from a host Shabbat on Sunday morning, and enjoyed a couple golden hours of free time. We got into our costumes, which ranged from the classic bed-sheet toga to elegant and really clever get-ups that left us all impressed.
We then went to a retirement home to share some Purim cheer with song and dance. In the afternoon, we went to Hadassah Hospital’s children’s ward. It was very sad to see so many young children suffering from and struggling with diseases, but it was deeply moving to be able to meet them and to give them balloons and wish them a “chag sameach.”
We went out to two conservative synagogues for the Megillah reading. I had forgotten how much I had missed booing whenever “Haman” was chanted. Later that night, we had a rockin’ Purim party. The costume contest was pretty neat, and there was plenty of ice cream and music.
Monday morning, we had a sleep-in and then did Shacharit, complete with a Megillah reading from various students. We made our way to the Chadar Ochel (mess hall) for a really great festive brunch. We had a light afternoon (a key time to do homework) and prepared ourselves for school the next day.