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Purim: The Perfect Jewish Holiday For Any Political Junkie

On Wednesday evening Jews all across the world will begin to celebrate the holiday of Purim which commemorates a victory of the Jews over an evil man named Haman. Haman was the royal vizier of the King of Persia. Today Persia is called Iran. Purim is the perfect holiday for most political seasons as the entire story is about people representing themselves as something they’re not.

By the way, on Purim, we read the Megillat Esther, “The Scroll of Esther,” the firsthand account of the events of Purim, written by the heroes themselves Esther (whose real name was Hadassah) and her Uncle Mordecai. Megillat Esther is where the expression ‘The whole Megillah” comes from.” (I am sorry if I ruined it for those who thought it came from the old cartoon Magilla Gorilla).

The quick version of the story is Mordecai, the uncle and guardian of a young Jewess named


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