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Why Purim Has a Persian Name

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Why Purim Has a Persian Name

The names of the Jewish festivals and other dates on the Jewish calendar are all in Hebrew, the Holy Tongue. There is, however, one exception: The festival of Purim.
Purim, Lubavitcher Rebbe

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Simcha Bart for March 23, 2016

Biblical personalities often have multiple names, those given at birth and others acquired later on. The Talmud (Megillah 13a) discusses whether her birth name was Esther and she was called Hadassah meaning a myrtle indicating her righteousness - seehere about this. There are also other explanations in the Talmud why she was likened to a myrtle. Others contend that her name was Hadassah and she was called Esther because she concealed her identity - see here about this. Another view is that the populace called her Esther because they likened her beauty to the moon - in their language related to the name Esther. Reply

Eleanor Forman NY NY 10001 March 23, 2016

Why and how Esther and Hadassah refer to the same person. Just as many Jews have a regular first name, and a Jewish one, so did she. Esther was named after Ishtar, a goddess, but her Jewish Hebrew name was Hadassah, myrtle tree. Reply

zissel Moscow March 20, 2019
in response to Eleanor Forman:

I thought Esther in Persian meant Star? Not g-des Reply

Eleanor Forman NY March 20, 2019
in response to zissel:

'Esther' comes from the name of the (Persian and other places) goddess Ishtar, Queen of Heaven, one of whose symbols was the eight-pointed star. Reply

Michele Tarrytown NY March 4, 2015

Question: Please explain WHY and HOW Esther and
Hadassah refer to the same person. Is this an accurate question-statement? Thanking you for your time..Michele RGG Reply

Esther Ny March 2, 2015

Happy Purim! Wow that's so relevant! Reply

Anonymous March 1, 2015

so interesting! i never thought about that. fascinating Reply

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