Shushan Purim starts Sunday night

Jerusalem and cities that may have been walled at the time of Joshua’s conquest of the land of Israel celebrate Shushan Purim from Sunday evening to Monday evening. The cities in question are Akko, Jaffa (Yafo) and Tiberias.

The observance is based on the extra day Jews could defend themselves against killers in the capital of Shushan, Persia at the time of the Book of Esther, which is read Sunday evening and morning, just as it was 24 hours earlier in Israel and the rest of the Jewish world. Commandments of the day include giving charity, holding festive meals and, by extension, exchanging food gifts with neighbors.

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