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Local rabbi dresses in walrus costume for Jewish holiday tradition

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A special tradition took place Thursday that involved costumes.

Rabbi Oren Steinitz of Congregation Kol Ami dressed as a walrus as he gave a prayer. The video on Facebook shows the rabbi in the middle of an altar reading from a scripture.

He gave the prayer on the last day of Purim where the religious tradition calls on followers to dress up in costume.

Purim (pronounced: poor-um) observes the salvation of the Jewish people that were at risk of being annihilated by Haman, an advisor to King Ahasuerus, during the Persian Empire, according to Chabad.org

It also observes the poor who may go around collecting charity and those who can give to the needy. Purim started March 20 and ended March 21.

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