… and I wish a joyous, even riotous, Purim to Hebrew readers. Open another bottle!
The Extraordinary Form Reading at Mass this morning was the Prayer of Mordecai; for Christians, of course, Lent is a penitential season, so Alcohol and festivity are not encouraged. (Similarly, the old Roman agricultural festivals became the penitential Christian Ember Days.)
For Synagogue Jews, Purim is a