Told in the Book of Esther (“Megillah”) and celebrated on the holiday of Purim, the Purim story takes place in ancient Persia following the destruction of the first Holy Temple.

Wicked Haman convinces King Ahasuerus to have the Jews killed. Encouraged by her cousin Mordechai, Queen Esther, the king’s unwilling wife, risks her life to intercede on her people’s behalf.

The result is a stunning reversal, which is celebrated each year on Purim.