The word « purim » comes from the accadian word « pur » which means « to draw lots »...

The holiday of Purim makes reference to the dice thrown by Haman, 1st minister of king Ahasuerus, to choose the correct day (14th Adar) to kill all the Jews.

This holiday commemorates the salvation of the Jews of the Persian empire around the mid 5th century before JC, saved by the queen Esther from the evil Haman.

During this holiday, it is traditional to play music, theater and to dance.

Order the CD Baroque Jewish Music – Venice, Mantua, Amsterdam (1623 – 1774) From the collection MUSICAL HERITAGE OF THE JEWS FROM FRANCE, VOL. 10

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  • Pourim lied - sarah GORBY

  • Mazurka Purim-Dik - Ben Zion Shenker

  • Complas (coplas) de Purim - Raphaël Yair EL NADAV

  • Haynt iz Purim - Children’s Chorus of Workmen’s Circle Schools

  • Zed yahir, mimeni heref (Esther oraorio) - Cristiano Giuseppe LIDARTI

  • Song of Purim - Schlomo NOUQRAY

  • Cantate d’Esther - Shalom BERLINSKI

  • Purim, Purim - Amnon SHILOAH

  • Esta noche de Purim - Keren ESTHER

  • Deux chants de Pourim - Léon ALGAZI

  • Meguillat Esther - Léon ALGAZI

  • Outzou Eytza - Jacques MAJER, René JASNER

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