This morning, I went to the women’s Megillah reading at The First Station in southern Jerusalem. It was great. The readers were amazing, and the audience was far larger than the organizers had anticipated. They asked for more chairs, which were provided, and even so, more people kept arriving. Some sat on the floor, others stood, and everybody listened.
Shortly after I arrived, a table was brought and the Scroll of Esther prepared for reading.
The reading began...
... and the audience listened and followed along.
People followed the reading closely, as is customary. One woman used a booklet with the text:
Another used what looked like a text used in schools:
Several people brought kosher scrolls of their own.
Some used technology to follow the reading.
Parents and children followed the reading together.
Lots of people were in costume. Here’s a farmer with a penchant for photography:
This young man is wearing a frankfurter on his head.
An elephant in the room:
A sweet little tiger:
The sound was heavenly, even though the guy in charge was a bit of a devil. Maybe he just needed a cup of coffee....
After the reading, I caught a bus home. Like all the buses around the country, it wished us all a happy Purim: