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I told him, and the guy who backed the old man's story, in no uncertain terms what they could do with their spot--or a rough approximation thereof in broken Hebrew.

As it turns out, "spot saving" is an accepted practice in Israel.

After I left the bank there were exactly 95 NIS (New Israeli Shekels) in our account. That will disappear later today when we buy Ben's Purim costume. Purim (Poorim) is a festive holiday commemorating the victory of the ancient Jews of Persia over an evil tyrant named Haman. Children dress up in costumes for the occasion much the way they do in Canada on Halloween.

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