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Purim is a joyous holiday that celebrates the saving of the Jews from a threatened massacre in ancient Persia.
The Scroll of Esther, which tells the Purim story, is chanted in synagogue twice on Purim.
The megillah reading, mishloach manot and more
The plot and themes of "the whole Megillah."
The joy of Purim is preceded by solemnity.
In addition to the Megillah reading, several additions are made to the daily prayer services.
There are many theories as to how this holiday developed.
Modern Israel, Purim
Purim festivities spill onto the street, last multiple days, and are a time for serious fun — for both kids and adults.
How to celebrate this raucous Jewish holiday
Creative ways that fulfill the religious obligation to have fun.