Israeli settlers celebrate Purin in Hebron, Israel, March 14, 2006. Getty Images

The festival of Purim celebrates the Jewish community’s survival over an ancient Persian extermination plot. Told through the Book of Esther, or the Megillah in Hebrew, the story involves a young woman named Esther who becomes a Persian king’s wife to thwart a plan against the Jewish people. Hailed as a hero of the community, Esther and her story are celebrated each year during Purim.

Saturday evening marks the beginning of this year’s Purim festival, complete with good food, wine, festivals and costumes. The day is intended for celebration, so grab a hamantaschen and share these thoughtful words with your loved ones!

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“Jews survived all the defeats, expulsions, persecutions and pograms, the centuries in which they were regarded as a pariah people, even the Holocaust itself, because they never gave up the faith that one day they would be free to live as Jews without fear.” Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

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Hasidic Jewish teenagers celebrate Purim in Brooklyn, New York, March 14, 2006. Getty Images

“Who has inflicted this upon us? Who has made Jews different from all other people? Who has allowed us to suffer so terribly up till now? It is God that has made us as we are, but it will be God, too, who will raise us up again.” Anne Frank

“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And you know whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14

“If you don’t know what you’re living for, you haven’t lived yet.” Rabbi Noah Weinberg

“In them the king granted the Jews who were in each and every city the right to assemble and to defend their lives, to destroy, to kill and to annihilate the entire army of any people or province which might attack them, including children and women, and to plunder their spoil.” Esther 8:11

“I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 16:8

“In Jewish history there are no coincidences.” Elie Wiesel

“It is the mystery of the hidden miracle of survival in the face of overwhelming destruction. Our refusal to surrender has turned our story into one long, unending Purim tale.” Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo