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Coronavirus doesn't stop Purim party for Israel's haredi Jews

Coronavirus doesn't stop Purim party for Israel's haredi JewsIsrael has imposed some of the world’s tightest restrictions to contain coronavirus, but that did not stop ultra-Orthodox Jews from hitting the streets Tuesday to celebrate a treasured religious custom: drinking on Purim. Sometimes dubbed the “fun” Jewish holiday, Purim typically includes costumes and boisterous public celebrations marking a story dating from fourth-century Persia that saw Jews defeat a murderous plot against them. One verse in the Megillah text that recounts the story and laws of the holiday instructs Jews to “drink on Purim until you cannot distinguish between cursing Haman and blessing Mordechai,” referring to the villain and a hero of the story.

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