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What is Purim?

Purim commemorates the time that the Jewish community in ancient Shushan was saved.


The King's evil advisor, Haman conjured a plan to kill all of the Jews. The Jewish people were ultimately saved by Queen Esther who married the King and after he found out she was Jewish, convinced him to throw Haman's terrible plan away.

To celebrate Purim, Jews around the world dress up in costumes and listen to the reciting of the Megillah (the retelling of the Purim story). We eat triangular shaped cookies called hamentaschen that mimic the shape of the evil Haman's three cornered hat. 

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