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Purim

PURIM (pūr'ĭm, Heb. pûrîm, lots). A Jewish festival celebrated on the fourteenth and fifteenth of the month Adar (February-March), commemorating the deliverance of the Hebrews from the murderous plans of the wicked Haman in the postexilic period (Esth.3.7; Esth.9.26). This festival is named from the casting of the lot to determine the most expeditious time for the mass murder of the Jews.