How to reach out through a Purim costume

Purim is a Jewish holiday where we rejoice over God’s deliverance in the book of Esther. We dress up in costumes and eat a special cookie that represents the ear of Haman!

This year, I decided to make my own original Purim costume—something that’s easy to make, but that carries a powerful message with it. I wanted something that would spike the interest of those that were around me.

So, after a few days of running through several ideas, I thought of something that’s relevant to these times we’re living in – ‘Fake News vs. Good News’.

I thought of making a costume that has two sides – front and back. The one side has segments from newspapers and logos of the traditional media institutions, such as CNN, BBC, The New York Times and some Israeli media institutions that are called by many Israelis today ‘Fake News’.

As in the USA, there’s a feeling, here in Israel, that there is a self-ordained elite party that sticks its head out in the media, culture, movie industry, key positions in the higher education institutes and in the court of law.

Many years ago, an old guy said to me: “Moti, when you buy a newspaper, believe only the date and price that’s written on it. All the rest has to be thoroughly examined to see if it’s true or not.” Nowadays, there’s such a big crisis between the formal media institutions and the public that it’s even recommended to check the date that’s written on the newspaper.

So, that’s the one side of my costume – the ‘Fake News’ side. The other side of my costume, which is more important to me, is the ‘Good News’ side. That’s where I put pictures of the Holy Bible. I also attached two very important verses from the 31st chapter of the book of Jeremiah:

Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. – Jeremiah 31:31

And then:

I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. – Jeremiah 31:33

As far as I’m concerned, I can use these to verses to describe the entire gospel, and that’s exactly what happened. Every person that saw me, immediately saw the ‘Fake News’ side, that’s when I turned around and showed him that there is ‘Good News’, as well.

This, of course, opened the door for me to share the Gospel and give people hope, despite all the ‘Fake News’ we face every day.

This article originally appeared on Tiferet Yeshua Congregation website, March 18, 2017, and reposted with permission.