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Celebrating Purim in Israel

Purim, a carnival-like holiday, celebrates Jewish identity and the salvation of the Jews from a plot to exterminate them from the ancient Persian Empire 2,500 years ago. The holiday is celebrated with parades, costume parties and readings from the Biblical Book of Esther.

A time-honored custom is to dress in costume, as a way of honoring God who disguised his presence behind the natural events described in the story of Purim.

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