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A Day for Esther

Purim ends at sundown today. I can’t say I grew up knowing much at all about Jewish holidays. I wonder if kids growing up in New York City do, or if they just know that they’re days some people get … Continue reading

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Everybody Plays the Fool

While the common belief I’ve usually come across is that April Fool’s Day started in sixteenth-century France when the people who celebrated the new year on 1 January mocked those who still celebrated on 25 March, this is not universally … Continue reading

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