Purim is traditionally one of the most joyous holidays on the Jewish calendar. It commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination. One of the central commandments related to Purim is the reading of the book of Esther known as the Megillah. It is also customary to masquerade on Purim. Presented here are a number of items from the Artifacts Collection that are connected to the holiday.