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The Almanac: What is Purim?

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URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/purim/article/the_almanac_what_is_purim_20120302

As told in the biblical Book of Esther, the Purim story recounts how Haman, the chief minister to King Ahasuerus, plotted to destroy the Jews of Persia. In Shushan, capital of Persia, Haman cast lots (purim) that fixed the date of the Jews' doom to 13 Adar.

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