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The first mishnah in Tractate Megillah of the Mishna opens with these words: “The Megillah [the Scroll of Esther] is read on the 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th of Adar – but neither before nor after those dates.” The optional range when the Megillah can be read on Purim is far greater than that of Passover, which is a holiday when all Jews are commanded to hold the...