Four mitzvot, commandments on observing Purim: * Listen to the reading of Megillat Esther * Participate in the Purim feast * Send Mishloach manot, gifts to friends * (most important) Give Matanot LaEvyonim, gifts to the needy Your article rocks because it exposes total sidestepping and distraction (probably because of total ignorance) from the basics. Thanks for being the Grinch. I hope authorities (schools, rabbis, parents, others) redirect the hollow nonsense. By the way, in Atlanta, Georgia, the annual Purim parade along a major thoroughfare is joyous and protected from cars, etc., by local police and security forces. Nothing hidden nor privatized.
Two girls killed in head-on collision in Israel's north (Haaretz)
from the article: Purim on steroids: The ever-expanding, never-ending holiday