THE Many ADVENTURES OF ESTHER The story of Purim. The Story of Purim
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The story of Purim
The story of Purim is found in The Megillah, the Scroll on which the Book of Estheris written. It tells the story of Queen Esther, King Ahasuerus, Esther's uncle (or cousin) Mordechai, and the king's chief advisor Haman
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One day the King of Persia, Ahashverosh, decided to have a feast. During the feast he called for his wife, Queen Vashti, because he wanted to show all the guests how beautiful she was.
Vashti was very insulted and refused to appear. The king got very angry. He was worried that all the women in his kingdom would stop obeying their husbands if they found out that the queen didn't come when the king called her. He decided to teach her a lesson and find a new queen.
Mordechai spent a lot of time near the palace so that he could keep in touch with Esther. One day he overheard two guards plotting to kill the king. He told Esther, who told the king in Mordechai's name. The guards were hanged and a note made in the king's chronicles.
He cast lots or PURIM to determine the day of destruction.
Esther sent a message back that the law states that anyone who goes to the king without being called must be put to death. Only if the king points his golden scepter to a person, will he live.
Esther said that she would fast for 3 days and asked that all the Jews in Shushan should fast too. "...then I will go to the king, even though it is against the law, and if I must die, then I will
Haman left in a very good mood - until he saw Mordechai who wouldn't bow down. He arrived home very angry. He told his wife and their friends that all his wealth and power meant nothing to him as long as he had to look at Mordechai. They suggested that he build a big gallows and ask the king to hang Mordechai on it in the morning. Haman liked the idea, and built the gallows.
"Haman, " said the king. "What should be done for a man whom the king wants to honor."
"Who would the King want to honor more than me?" Haman thought. So he said: "Bring him the kings clothes and the king's horse, give him a crown to wear and lead him through Shushan."
"Hurry," said the king. "You must do exactly what you just said to Mordechai the Jew."
And that's what Haman did.
Afterwards he went home sad and embarrassed.
So Queen Esther told the king that she and all her people were about to be killed. "Who dares to do this?" cried the king. "The evil Haman." said Esther. The king jumped up in anger and stormed out into the palace garden. Haman started to beg Queen Esther for his life. When the king came back, Haman was kneeling on Esther's bed, which made the king even more angry.
One of his servants said, "Haman has prepared gallows to hang Mordechai, who helped the king. "Hang him on it!" the king said. So they hanged Haman on the gallows he had prepared for Mordechai.
Mordechai left wearing royal clothes and a big gold crown. The city of Shushan and Jews everywhere were joyful and happy. Many people even pretended that they were Jewish because they were afraid of the Jews.
The Jews gathered in all the countries of King Ahashverosh, to attack those who wanted to hurt them. No one stood in their way because they were afraid. The Jews killed their enemies but did not take any of their property.
Queen Esther and Mordechai wrote that the Jews should remember what happened, and make a festival for themselves and their children, with feasts and giving food to each other. Because Haman had held a pur, a lottery, for when the Jews would be killed, the festival was called Purim.