541. Purim is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the escape from a plot by an evil advisor to the King of Syria who recommended all the Jews be killed. Imagine that you overheard an evil plan and you were the only one who could stop it. What would you do and why?
542. The story of the holiday begins with a Jewish woman named Esther winning a beauty contest to become the new queen of the nation. Do you think it's important to consider more things than looks when deciding on a partner? Why or why not?
543. Esther's cousin Mordecai finds out about a plot to kill the King, and after saving the ruler's life, he is rewarded with a parade. Imagine that you have found out a major secret. What could the secret be and what would you do with that knowledge?
544. The villain of the Purim story, Haman, is booed and hissed at when his name is mentioned during the reading of the tale. Do you think it's important to know the story behind a holiday? Why or why not?
545. Haman's hat is used as the model for the Purim pastry treat known as the Hamantaschen, which is filled with fruit, chocolate, or another filling. Imagine that you were to create a dessert based on some random objects. What would the things be and what would you end up creating?
546. One Purim tradition is a masquerade ball in which masks are worn throughout an entertaining party. What kind of mask might you wear to such an event? Would people have trouble recognizing you? Why or why not?
547. Mishloach manot, which means sending food gifts to friends, is a major tradition of Purim. Which of your friends or family members would appreciate a care package of their favorite foods? What foods would you include and why?
548. Charity giving is also important on Purim, which includes the distribution of food and money to the poor. Do you think it's important to contribute to people without a lot of money or possessions? Why or why not?
549. Esther displayed bravery by approaching her husband the king in an effort to save her people. Have you ever felt responsible for someone else or a group of people? If so, what did you have to do to support them? If not, how might you deal with that responsibility?
550. Reading the story of Purim from the Book of Esther is a major tradition during the holiday. What is your favorite story to tell and why?