Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Purim Costumes Hinted To in the Gemara

Halachicly Speaking (h/t Avodah):
The custom to get dressed on Purim is not mentioned in the Gemorah, medrash, or the Geonim.
Nevertheless, there is a nice hint to it from Shabbat 66b where Rashi explains the word פרמי (a word resembling "Purim") as טלמוסא הנקשרת על הפרצוף להבעית הבנים קטנים (masks tied onto one's face to scare small children). 

ברוך שכוונתי as I see that this was mentioned in the link (footnote א - reason 8) that I mentioned previously.

3 Comments:

At Tue Feb 19, 02:23:00 PM 2013, Blogger Neshama said...

Why would they wan to "scare small children"?
Doesn't sound good to me.

 
At Tue Feb 19, 02:37:00 PM 2013, Blogger yaak said...

The way I understand it is that it was done playfully.

 
At Wed Feb 20, 08:04:00 AM 2013, Blogger T.P.V said...

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