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Purim is a Jewish holiday that marks the saving of the Jews from Haman of the Persian empire, who was planning on persecuting the Jewish people. The Book of Esther tells the Purim narrative, and is customarily read in synagogues on the day of the holiday. The holiday takes place on the 14th day of Adar. During Purim, it is customary to dress up, exchange gifts of food and drink known as "mishloach manot," donate to charity, and eat a celebratory meal known as "sudat purim."
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman made the comments during a visit to assess the security situation in Hebron ahead of Purim.
Such closings are not uncommon during Jewish holidays.
The closure, which began on Thursday night, will now extend until Monday at midnight.
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Offbeat news by The Jerusalem Post reporters in honor of the upside down holiday.
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