Two Queen Esthers
By J. Kott-Wolle
Oil on Canvas, 20x20, painted 2019
Original photograph taken - 1972
Purim was the holiday that made me love being Jewish. It had all the elements: costumes, hamentaschen cookies, candy, a good story, a seriously fun carnival and lots of noise. I remember my father always opted out of the megillah reading because he couldn’t take the clattering sound of the groggers (noise-makers) cancelling out Haman’s name. But this was the one time in the Jewish calendar year when I fully opted in. I even won the best Queen Esther costume in the ‘under 3 with a bottle category’. It was great.