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    Purim

    This holiday is in the Book of Esther and recalls the story of how Persian Jewry was saved from Haman, who had been plotting to kill all the kingdom’s Jews.
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    Passover

    Pesach, which starts on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan (usually in April), lasts for seven days and is celebrated to commemorate the exodus from Egypt.
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    Lag Ba'Omer

    Lag Ba'Omer is a Jewish holiday that falls between the holidays of Passover and Shavuot.
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    Jerusalem Day

    Jerusalem Day is a national holiday marking the liberation of the city in 1967 and its reunification after the Six Day War.
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    Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day

    The day is dedicated to the memory of the six million Jews killed by the Nazis and to the heroism of the Jewish resistance in the Holocaust.
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    Yom Hazikaron

    The day is dedicated to commemorating the country’s soldiers and members of security forces, the memory of the fallen from the pre-state undergrounds, and to victims of terrorism.
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    Independence Day

    Independence Day is the day in which David Ben-Gurion, the state’s first prime minister, declared the country’s independence in 1948.
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    Shavuot

    A fundamentally agricultural holiday and commemorates the custom of bringing offerings to the Holy Temple from the first fruits of the harvest and the first animals born to the flocks.
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    Tisha B'Av

    A day of mourning marking the destruction of the First Temple and the destruction of the Second Temple, destroyed in 70 CE by Titus, emperor of Rome.
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    LAND: Geography and Climate

    Israel is some 470 km. (290 miles) in length and about 85 miles (135 km.) across at the widest point.
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    Annie Tracy Samuel

    Iranian Security and Foreign Policy; Iranian Politics and History; U.S. Policy in the Middle East, especially in historical perspective; Middle Eastern History; The Iranian-Israel Relationship and Nuclear Standoff.
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    Jacob Jaffe

    The Arab-Israeli Conflict, Evolution of Zionist Thought, Arab Nationalism and Political Islamism, Middle East History, Middle East Historiography, History of Jerusalem or the Temple Mount, Political Philosophy
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