In Megilat Esther (scroll of Ester), we read that Purim is a time for “feasting and silly-making,” as well as sending baskets of food (mish’lo’ach m’anot). In addition to reading the whole M’gillah, we are to dress in costumes, poke gentle (loving) fun at ourselves and those around us, and have fun at a variety of parties. Many communities use this holiday as an opportunity to “unleash” hidden passionate acting skills to participate in “Purim-spiels,” silly theatrical adaptations of the story of the M’gillah. As part of the carnival-like atmosphere of Purim, many of us children of all ages wear costumes and engage in “silliness.”
From a practical perspective – with chillness of winter – time to take off heavy winter coats and galoshes – and have fun!!!!
The following is a VERY SERIOUS (!) form!
We are in desperate need of your opinion!
Send it back in by 6776!!
SYNAGOGUE SEATING REQUEST FOR THE HIGH HOLIDAYS
During the last High Holiday season, many members of TBT expressed concern to us over the seating arrangements. In order for us to place you in a seat that will best suit you, we ask you to complete the following questionnaire and return it to Rabbi Hammantushy, The III, as soon as possible.
1. I would prefer to sit in the… (Check one)
___ Talking section
___ No talking section
2. If talking section, which category do you prefer?
___ Stock market
___ General gossip
___ Specific gossip (choose)
___ Rabbi Meeka
___ Cantor Romalis
___ Rabbi Meeka’s attire
___ Cantor Romalis’ shoes
___ Real estate prices
___ Fashion news
___ What others are wearing
___ Your neighbors
___ Your relatives
___ Your neighbors’ relatives
___ Presidential election (uh oh)
3. Which of the following would you like to be near for free professional advice?
__ Personal trainer __ Stockbroker
__ Real estate agent
__ Golf pro [tentative; we’re still trying to find a Jewish one]
4. I want a seat located (Indicate order of priority)
__ On the aisle
__ Near the exit
__ Near the window
__ In Aruba
__ Near the bathroom
__ Near my in-laws
__ As far away from my in-laws as possible
__ As far away from my former in-laws as possible
__ Near single men
__ Near available women
__ Where no one will notice me sleeping/snoring during Rabbi’s Sermon
5. Please do not place me anywhere near the following people (use additional space on back of form – it is probably needed):
Your (real or stage) name: _________________________________
Purim Spiel Pledge (sorry, we don’t accept gelt) $____________________