First to kick off was Noranda Shule, who had a magic show, followed byÂ some Hamentaschen, undisputedly claimed asÂ the best in Perth.Â Next was the Perth Hebrew Congregation, whos Italian theme was very popular.Â TheÂ scent of the Pizza Oven could be smelt across Perth, and the jumping castle, arcadeÂ games and other magical surprises wereÂ rated byÂ pundits as “the bestÂ Purim ever”.Â Â The Chabad Circus theme also provided a big night, with faceÂ painting, hotdogs, and free flowing spirits.Â Â Also in the neighbourhood was the Maurice Zeffert Home and Dianella Shule, the latter hosting theatre sports where famous scenes from the Gemara were recreated.Â Â Bnei Akiva, and the students all had a big night out.Â Â
The festivities flowed into Friday, with a parade which included the Perth Yeshiva bochrim in the back of a Ute, blasting music into the street. The procession led to Carmel School where there was an acrobatic clownÂ show.Â The photo below showsÂ how the clown, balanced on a cylinder, juggled a fire, knife and an egg, which he chopped into a flaming pan on his head!
There were at least aÂ dozenÂ open Sudot on Friday afternoon, some of which flowed into Shabbat.Â Rumoured to be one of the best was the Bnei Akiva leaders, who with their shlichim engaged in someÂ very aesoteric discussion over the text of theÂ Megillah.Â
We are very fortunate to have had such an amazing collection of activities, and high levels of participation.Â It is also wonderful to have a public holiday, and a Purim Shabbat by which to study the incredibly powerful text of the Megillah.Â We are fortunate to read this text with the benefit of hindsight, and appreciate the mechanics of G-d’s workings.Â When we see that there are no coincidences, and that the Megillah is more than just a good story then we canÂ draw great inspiration.Â Â There can be no greater source of Jewish pride and joy than Purim.
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