In Jerusalem, government leaders spoke at the Jerusalem Conference,
to Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
and to the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency.
Major issues were discussed by the hundreds from around the world.
However, the real Jerusalem streets were more concerned about
getting ready for the holiday of Purim, and
choosing a costume was the first big problem.
There are very cute little costumes
and extremely large ones.
With all the variety, if you still cannot find what you want,
fabric stores put out their most colorful wares.
Many take the easy way out and just get a hat;
the variety seems endless.
Stores try to cash in on the season with colorful displays of anything that could be used with costumes.
The next problem is what to do for Mishloah Manot,
the traditional gift baskets given out on Purim.
Do you select a basket and make your own mishloach manot
or buy prepared gift baskets?
Candy is the next problem: too many choices.
Even Hamentashen pastries require making choices;
which filling to pick…dates, poppy seed, nuts, caramel, etc…
Which leads to the next problem, if you eat all this,
how will you still fit into your costume?
This year Purim in Jerusalem begins Sunday night
and continues on Monday, March 1, 2010.