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Long War

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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