Purim:   The synagogue is filled with the crackle of gragers (noise-makers) each time the name “Haman” is read in the Megillah, the Book of Esther.  We rejoice as Esther, and her uncle Mordecai, outsmart the wicked Haman who tried, but failed, to convince King Ahasuerus, to destroy us. We send “mishloach manot” (gifts), dress in costume and party as our people were once again saved from destruction.