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February 18, 2013
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February 19, 2013 11:02 PM
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The Hidden Message of Purim
Thank you very much for this lucid interpretation of Purim. It just occured to me by what you said, Hitler ordered the cremation of the Jews, Hitler was cremated after he committed suicide to avoid the revenge of the approaching Russians, who he ordered attacked unprovocately. Poetic justice or God's righteous judgement?
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