Fasting and feasting holidays are the events in the Jewish calendar around which life is orientated. Many of these ‘festivals’ have their origin in the laws which God gave to the people of Israel after they left Egypt and were on their way to the Promised Land. Others developed out of key events in their history, for example, Purim, a day of fasting in February which goes back to when Esther obtained freedom for the Jews who were under threat in Xerxes’ reign. Continue reading
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