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Purim Trivia


...Haman was hanged on the second day of Passover? (Purim is the anniversary of the Jews' victory celebration after their war against their enemies 11 month later)

...Queen Esther's Hebrew name was Hadasaah? ("Esther" is Persian)

...Mordechai was the first person in history to be called a "Jew"? (Before then, Jews were called "Hebrews" or "Israelites")

...Achashverosh searched four years for a queen, during which he considered more than 1400 contestants, before choosing Esther?

...Vashti (Achashverosh's first queen) was the great-granddaughter of Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonian emperor who destroyed the first Holy Temple?

...Haman was the one who advised Achashverosh to kill Vashti?

...There is an opinion in the Talmud that Esther was not beautiful at all, and had a greenish complexion?

...Haman was once Mordechai's slave?

...Mordechai, who refused to bow to Haman, was a descendant of Benjamin, the only one of Jacob's sons who didn't bow to Haman's ancestor Esau?

...Esther's plan was to make Achashverosh jealous of the attention she was giving to Haman so that he should kill them both?

...Haman's decree was never revoked? (Achashverosh only issued a second decree, giving the Jews the right to defend themselves)

...Mordechai was a very old man during the story of Purim? (He was already a member of the Sanhedrin, the highest court of Torah law in Jerusalem, 79 years before the miracle of Purim!)

...Every single Jew in the world lived in Achashverosh's kingdom, so that they were all included in Haman's decree?

...G‑d's name is not mentioned even once in the entire Book of Esther?

For more read The Complete Story of Purim.

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Joshthepurimlover Canada October 9, 2015

I. Love. Purim. Soooooo much Reply

Rachel S. Teaneck, NJ via March 11, 2012

The title "Jews" Rabbi Posner, thank you for your quick response to my posting. I agree with your proof that Mordechai is the first INDIVIDUAL to have the title “Jew,” who is clearly not from the tribe of Judah.

I think that there may be a phrase that repeats a few times in Daniel that implies that the term “Judah” in Daniel can refer to the entire (remaining) nation of Israel. The Babylonians and Persians refer to Daniel as “a man of the exiles of Judea” (2:25; 5:13; 6:14). I think that the phrase, “Exiles of Judea” demonstrates that “Judah” refers to the entire (remaining) nation of Israel. Reply

Menachem Posner for Montreal, QC via March 9, 2012

To Rachel S: You are right. In fact, the term appears in the prophecies of Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Zechariah as well. I believe the key is that in the megillah, we have Mordecai identified as a Jew from the tribe of Benjamin, demonstrating that the name is now entirely not associated with the Tribe of Judah but has come to refer our nation as a whole. Reply

Rachel S. Teaneck, NJ via March 7, 2012

Mordechai isn't the first "Jew" Thank you for a great article. I have one slight correction-I believe that the title "Jew" first appears in the Book of Daniel (Chapter 3, Verses 8 and 12). Reply

Anonymous Selbyville, DE April 15, 2011

Esther The overall theme of the Book of Esther is to illustrate that G-d has a plan for His people and He is working through all of history, whether through G-dly people or through the unrighteous. Reply

Esther White, United States March 19, 2011

the name Esther Esther really means star in Persian--derived from sitareh (star). Reply

Gila Sherry River Edge , NJ March 13, 2011

Ester Ester was a brave woman that every woman should admire her. in that time woman didn't have the right to say her opinion in public or have the bravness to talk to Hachashverosh as she does.
She felt confidence and smart enough to save her people in her way. Reply

Menachem Posner for via March 3, 2010

RE: the name Esther The sages of the Talmud draw our attention to the striking resemblance of this name to the word "hester," the Hebrew root-word for "hiding." This is because the story of Esther took place during a time when G-d's presence was not apparent. Rather, He hid His doings in the court intrigue and other normal events.

The Persian significance of the name is not entirely clear. Reply

bubu barsony santa rosa, ca via March 2, 2010

the name esther what could the derivation of this name be? Reply

Mary Ellen Thornton, CO via March 20, 2008

Purim Esther was a strong woman! Another example of a woman who made a difference. G-d directed and guided them. Reply

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