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Happy Purim

Tonight and tomorrow are the Jewish festival of Purim. Purim is a pretty crazy festival by Jewish standards. It celebrates the fact that a royal decree to kill all the Jews in ancient Persia was thwarted. Really it is the festival of Jewish survival and that things aren’t as bad as they seem and turn out always for good. There are several things you need to do on Purim:

  1. Hear the reading of the Megilla – the book of Esther
  2. Give a present of at least two items of food to at least one friend
  3. Give charity to at least two poor people
  4. Have a festive feast
  5. Drink wine at the feast (there are differing views of how much)

So everyone פורים שמח – a happy Purim!

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