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        2/23/2013, Adar 13, 5773

      The Nation of Israel Celebrates Purim


      With the end of the Sabbath, Jews in most places around the world started celebrating Purim, the Feast of Esther, recalling the events recounted in the Book (Scroll) of Esther, which is ceremonially read at evening and morning. A custom, originating in the text, is to exchange gifts of food (mishloach manot in Hebrew) and give to the poor (matanot le'evyonim). The holiday is celebrated with festive seudah meals. In Jerusalem and selected other locations, the celebration will begin Sunday evening and run through Monday.

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