Giddy Up and Purim have become an annual tradition. We've spent several years providing service for the Jewish holiday, and 2013 was no different. Many locations were served on Sunday, which included trips to Thousand Oaks, Culver City, and Los Angeles.
Purim is a celebration of a failed plot to exterminate the Jewish people, as told in the biblical book of Esther. In modern times, it has taken a similar appearance to Halloween, as the people celebrate in costume. I searched for the significance of those costumes, and though the answers varied, the target remained the same.
"Purim reminds us that while we don’t usually see ‘sea splitting’ miracles, there is a ‘hidden hand’ directing our experiences ensuring our lives play out according to the divine plan. While our world seems to be running on its own full of random unrelated events, it is G-d who hides behind the curtain of fate directing our experiences. To celebrate that, we hide ourselves by dressing up in costumes, appearing as something else, while our true selves remain hidden underneath the masquerade."---Jewish Community Center
We were invited to the Los Angeles home of the Mizrohi tribe (pictured above), where we provided a pony and a horse to fit the family's theme. The horse rental allowed larger children and adults to ride, who would have otherwise been excluded by the 75 pound weight limit of our ponies. The sight of a horse walking the city sidewalk also drew a large crowd, making this Purim party an instant success, as it stood out among all others in the neighborhood.
We thank Chana and her family for choosing Giddy Up Ranch, and making our staff feel like invited guests and not strangers at their event. We would also like to thank Temple Etz Chaim, Temple Akiba, Temple Isaiah, and Chabad Persian Youth Center for their hospitality.
Chag Purim Sameach, from Giddy Up Ranch