Purim (Hebrew: פּוּרִים, Pûrîm "lots", from the word pur, related to Akkadian pūru) is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman, a story recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther (Megillat Esther).

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List of Dates

Purim begins in the Diaspora on:

Recommended Books

Five Megilloth and Jonah
Five Megilloth and Jonah
by H. L. Ginsberg
The Purim Surprise
The Purim Surprise
by Lesley Simpson
Megillat Esther
Megillat Esther
by J. T. Waldman
JPS Commentary on Esther
JPS Commentary on Esther
by Adele Berlin

Torah Reading

Torah Portion: Exodus 17:8 - 17:16

1: Exodus 17:8-10
2: Exodus 17:11-13
3: Exodus 17:14-16

References

The Jewish Holidays: A Guide & Commentary
Rabbi Michael Strassfeld
Hebrew - English Bible
Mechon Mamre
Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures
Jewish Publication Society
"Purim" in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia
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