Purim Celebrations Cancelled After Brussels Attacks

Purim Celebrations Cancelled After Brussels Attacks
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Following the gruesome Brussels attacks that killed at least 34 individuals Tuesday, the organizer of the annual Purim celebration has decided to cancel the biggest Jewish holiday for Jewish people this year.


After deliberation and weighing the possible consequences should this year’s Purim will push through, the committee that oversee the annual gathering of Jews has decided that it’s for the best to cancel the event.

In a report from the Washington Post, an employee of the Great Synagogue of Europe, who requested anonymity, said police authorities have been consulted before the group came up with the decision. The employee said it’s too risky to ask thousands of people to gather in such big event considering the level of security threats across Europe.

The Synagogue has to be very cautious not only in big celebrations, such as the Purim, but even in their daily service, great precaution should be observed, the employee told the Washington Post.

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As of Wednesday, major transportation routes going in and out of Brussels, where the two explosions happened Tuesday morning, remained closed. Hundreds of flights to and from Belgium’s Capital have been canceled or rerouted. Eurostar terminal remained closed as of this writing.

Across Belgium, there are estimated 30,000 Jewish people and a large chunk of this number is expected to gather in one event should the Purim push through this year.

According to a Jewish Website Chabad.org, Purim is an annual Jewish event celebrated on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar. The event commemorates how Jewish people survived the plot of the tyrant Haman, who ordered to wipe out all Jews in the ancient Persia, now Iran.

Today, Purim is still celebrated by millions of Jews all over the world and is considered as one of the most important events in the Jewish calendar. Jewish people celebrate this with music, food, colorful costumes, and gathering of Jewish families.

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