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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Saved by Peter Pan

In Keeping with my annual Purim tradition, I spend the entire 25 hours of the holiday in my pajamas and bathrobe.  That includes all trips to synagogue, parties, delivering Mishloach Manot with the kids, and any errands on which Zahava might send me.

This last one almost led to me feeling a little foolish.

We had some high school girls with us for Shabbat who had to be back in Jerusalem by 9:30 Sunday morning, so since I was driving them anyway, Zahava gave me a shopping list and asked me to stop off at the big supermarket after dropping off the girls.

As a last minute decision I decided to take Yonah along for the ride (in his Peter Pan costume).  It wasn't until I was walking into the supermarket that I realized what a good thing it was that Yonah came along.

You see, Jerusalem is one of a small handful of cities that celebrate Purim a day later than everyone else (called Shushan Purim), and that means nobody is walking around in costume today there.  I realized this as I was walking into the Supermarket in my pajamas and bathrobe... with crazy bed hair and a couple of days worth of beard stubble on my face.

As I walked around the grocery store I could see people giving me the once-over with their eyes and doing an alarmed double-take.  It was only when they spotted Yonah that they understood I was in costume and not mentally ill.

Sometimes I send Yonah to pick things up and bring them back to wherever I am with the cart.  He knows his way around the supermarket and it makes him feel like he's contributing.  But today I kept him close, like a best friend who might walk behind you to shield your dignity after you've split your pants.

Note to self:  Plan out Purim trips to Jerusalem so that there is someone else with an obvious costume within arms reach at all times.

Posted by David Bogner on February 28, 2010 | Permalink


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Very funny. Good Purim story!

Posted by: Ilana-Davita | Feb 28, 2010 1:42:20 PM


Have a wonderful Purim with many more "tzchokim!!!"

Posted by: RivkA | Feb 28, 2010 1:59:29 PM


Happy Purim to you guys!

Posted by: Baila | Feb 28, 2010 2:16:30 PM

um... HELLO???!!! Where are the pictures of the family dressed up???!!! Jeesh!
Oh and how crazy COULD your hair really have been???! :)

Posted by: val | Feb 28, 2010 3:00:34 PM

As a rule, never go to a cosutme party in costume unless you're SURE it's a costume party.

Posted by: LakewoodFallingDown | Feb 28, 2010 4:36:39 PM

Um....so from the bathrobe they don't know you're mentally ill. But...but...but....

Posted by: Jordan Hirsch | Feb 28, 2010 4:41:01 PM


My oldest is the kitchen baking while her mother and sisters are going to shul to hear megillah. I wanted to tell her your story, adding that you played are her mom's any my wedding. I started telling her that you had a minhag of wearing pj's and bathrobe all purim day, that you lived in Efrat and that you were taking girls back to Yerushaliyim. Without missing a beat - "Yerushalayim - purim is the next day!" I love my daughter and think her intelligence far outstrips her father. I also enjoy learning mishnayot moed for her Bat Mitzvah scheduled for 10-10-10. Yeah, I feel old!

Purim Sameach!

Posted by: Aharon | Feb 28, 2010 4:44:39 PM

Leave it to a sister to make a crack about hair. Mine love to do that.

Posted by: Jack | Feb 28, 2010 6:53:37 PM

Did you explain to Yonah why you weren't allowing him the privilege of helping you shop today (i.e. that he was performing a much more important role)?

Posted by: Alisha | Feb 28, 2010 9:32:15 PM

you are the dude, man!

Posted by: fred | Mar 1, 2010 9:57:18 AM

Fabulous Purim story! I was nervous to go to the supermarket yesterday, as I was dressed in costume, so I just went to the small Jewish store. The staff there loved it!

Posted by: SaraK | Mar 1, 2010 7:24:45 PM

FANTASTIC! I just read this to Jess - we loved it!
Hope the rest of your Purim went well.

Posted by: Nir Nadav | Mar 1, 2010 10:43:54 PM

lol. funny post. actually this purim was one of the best for me, and ester zom was amazingly easy))) and i am sure that nowadays its very important to remeber that we already passed so many amaleks and we just became stronger. chag purim sameach!

Posted by: [email protected] Israeli Uncensored News | Mar 2, 2010 3:46:48 PM

Ha! Reminds me of many purims in Chul where Morey and I would have to stop at the store on our way to a megillah reading. In costume. One year, I did the bathrobe thing - I had a towel on my head, nivea cream on my face and big fuzzy slippers. I, however, did not have a little cutie-pie in costume at my hip. I just had Morey, dressed as Elvis, asking if we wanted vodka or rum.

I just *know* people thought we escaped from somewhere...

Posted by: Alissa | Mar 4, 2010 8:15:39 PM

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