What is Purim? The history behind the Halloween of Jewish holidays
What is Purim's origin? When did it begin? Why do many Jews dislike it? – and is the underlying tale of love, murder and betrayal true?
Purim is the most mysterious of Hebraic holidays. It suddenly appeared in the second century BCE, though many Jews ignored it for centuries. And the origin of the holiday, let alone its flagship text - the Book of Esther - are just as baffling.
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