Tuesday, 22 October 2013
setting up the money-changers' tables, marking out graves, piercing ears, civic repairs, making the Sotah drink...
it's a lot to do with a Purim hangover.
(this page lists various activities that happened on the 15th of Adar - repairs to public structures - roads, wells, graves etc; hard to see how piercing slaves' ears and making the Sotah drink the bitter water is for the public good. but that's hangovers for you. - and yes this is a little bit anachronistic. Sotah was done in the 1st temple, and Purim happened after the temple was destroyed... but Sotah is a little bit anachronistic)