Esther is the heroine of the Purim story, in which the
Jewish people who live in the sprawling Persian Empire are saved from Haman’s
evil scheme to annihilate them. The dramatic saga was written down so that
Jewish people could read about the amazing turn of events every year on the holiday of Purim,
the anniversary of the Jews’ victory over their enemies.
The Megillah of Esther (megillah
means “scroll” in Hebrew) is one of the five megillahs that are included in the biblical canon. Esther is the only one to be commonly read from a handwritten parchment
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