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The Jewish holiday of Purim begins on March 17. It celebrates the story in
the Book of Esther,in which the Babylonians Jews were saved from a plot to murder them all.
The heroine of the story is Queen Esther, who risked her life to reveal her
identity as a Jew. When the attempt to slaughter the Jews began, the Jews
“gathered themselves together, and stood for their lives” and destroyed
those who would destroy them. In honor of Purim, you can send
special Purim candies (or pizza, or hot soup) to an Israeli Defense Forces
soldier–or to a patrol or even a whole platoon. They’ve been fighting on
the front lines of war against terror for years, and if they had failed, the
front lines would now be much closer to the United States.



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