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Hours after tweeting that Muslim Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) "hates Israel and all Jewish people," President Donald Trump told reporters that any Jewish person who votes for a Democrat is either dumb or disloyal.

Ironically enough, his comments came as he was decrying the so-called anti-Semitism of the Democratic party.

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Today is the Jewish holiday Purim, also known as "Jewish Halloween." The date commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman, who was a grand vizier in the Persian empire under King Ahasuerus, traditionally identified as Xerxes I, planning on killing all the Jews.

The events of Purim are recorded in the Bible in the Book of Esther when Haman's plans are foiled in the city of Susa by Mordecai and his cousin and adopted daughter, Esther. Esther was a Jewish queen and the wife of King Ahasuerus. One day, Mordecai overheard a plot by two eunuchs to kill the king. Mordecai told Esther about the plans of the two conspirators and they were hanged.

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Ultra Orthodox Jews celebrating holiday of Purim on March 13, 2017 in Jerusalem, Israel. (Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)

It's Purim! Purim is also known as "Jewish Halloween" and celebrates the Bible story in the Book of Esther, where Mordecai and Esther saved the Jewish people from Haman, who was a grand vizier in the Persian empire under King Ahasuerus, traditionally identified as Xerxes I.

The events of Purim are recorded in the Bible in the Book of Esther when Haman's plans are foiled in the city of Susa by Mordecai and his cousin and adopted daughter, Esther. Esther was a Jewish queen and the wife of King Ahasuerus. One day, Mordecai overheard a plot by two eunuchs to kill the king. Mordecai told Esther about the plans of the two conspirators and they were hanged.

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The Dead Sea "Temple Scroll," shown outside Israel for the first time in Berlin, is one of the longest biblical texts found since the 1940s. Credit: MICHAEL KAPPELER/AFP/Getty Images

Ever since the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered 70 years ago in the Qumran Caves, located in the Judaean Desert of the West Bank, the ancient manuscripts have fascinated scholars and historians with the mysteries of their origins, and their authors. Long have they debated the identity of the scrolls’ guardians, who once occupied the region where the caves were found. Now an exhumation of 33 skeletons at the West Bank site, Qumran, has begun to lift the shroud, providing answers to some of these questions, while raising new ones.

The Dead Sea Scrolls, also known as the Qumran Caves Scrolls, were discovered between 1947 and 1956 in 11 caves at the Qumran site. While some of the scrolls survived intact, most of them consist of thousands of fragile parchment and papyrus fragments dating from the third century BCE to the first century of the Common Era. These found manuscripts contain literature of religious and historical significance because they include pieces of the Hebrew Bible.

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L'Chaim, everyone! December 12th is the first day of Chanukah 2017. Families will be gathering together to light the menorah, exchange gifts, and eat lots of amazing food. Regardless of what holidays you observe, laughter plays an important role in these family celebrations.

Over the next eight nights, Jews will commemorate the Maccabees and their rededication of the temple in Jerusalem during the second century B.C. Games of dreidel will be played and chocolate gelt will be passed out.

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