Karaite Judaism recognizes the Tanakh only as its source of Jewish Law and practice. The Tanakh includes the Book of Esther. A simple reading of Esther 9:20-32 has at least some segment of Jews accepting the days of Purim upon themselves and later generations. verse 31 mentions fasting and crying as well, The Fast of Esther in Rabbinic Judaism.

Do Karaite Jews celebrate Purim and The Fast of Esther? If not, how do they interpret those verses in Esther 9?


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They do. You can see in the Karaite Jews of America website that they celebrate Purim on a similar date (though in Adar I in leap years).

  • A proclaimed Karaite who attends my shul confirmed this. He stated that they do not celebrate Chanukah. Though, I have seen him eating latkes and sufganiyot, though he claims that the only reason he does that is b/c they taste good.
    – DanF
    Commented Nov 30, 2015 at 15:52
  • @DanF hahahah maybe some do and some don't.
    – Gabriel12
    Commented Nov 30, 2015 at 21:29

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