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When it comes to practicing Judaism, I sometimes ask myself: How can I take part in a communal religion when being around people can be so draining? Purim can be a particularly difficult holiday for those of us who consider ourselves introverts.

When my home synagogue, Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Fountain Valley, CA, was just starting out, we had an annual Purim tradition: a Purim basket (shaloch manot) was delivered to every single member family within driving range. Every single one.

On the Sunday before the 14th of Adar (the beginning of Purim on the Hebrew calendar),...

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