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Purim Canceled in Brussels

Two Orthodox Jews ride bicycles in Belgium (Photo: flickr/Michael Day)

Purim begins tonight at sundown, the most joyful Jewish holiday of the year. Yet, Yediot Achronot's Kobi Nachshoni reports that the time will not be so joyous for Belgium's Jewish community in the wake of yesterday's terror attacks:

Over a thousand members of the Jewish community were supposed to attend the megillah reading (reading of the Book of Esther - ed.) at the Great Synagogue of Europe followed by a performance by the Gat Brothers who arrived from Israel for the occasion. Instead, the community will hold smaller gatherings in order to hear the megillah reading and fulfill the mitzvah (commandment -ed.) of Purim.

Rabbi Menachem Margolin, Head of the European Jewish Association, told Ynet that the decision to cancel the events was done at the request of the police due to the police's fear of additional terrorists in the area."

The police said that they are unable to protect the event while the city is in a state of war," he said...

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