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Happy Purim – Chag Sameach!

Purim celebrates the deliverance of the Jews from their enemies in the biblical Book of Esther. It will be celebrated  Thursday.  Purim is so-called because the villain of the story, Haman, cast the “pur” (the lot) against the Jews, yet failed to destroy them. Reading the Hagaddah is a central part of the Purim celebration.  After its reading, the following blessing is recited.  May our latter-day enemies suffer Haman’s lot!

 

Blessed are You, our G-d, King of the Universe, Who takes up our grievance, judges our claim, avenges our wrong; Who brings just retribution upon all enemies of our soul and exacts vengeance for us from our foes. Blessed are You, Hashem, Who exacts vengeance for His people Israel from all their foes, the G-d Who brings salvation.

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