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Esther: (a) (4th century BCE) First cousin of Mordecai, selected as King Ahasuerus's queen after Vashti's execution. At Mordecai's behest, she brought about Ahasuerus's annulment of Haman's decree calling for the extermination of the Jews. (b) A common Jewish name.
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I am Queen Esther, beloved by all, Mordechai's cousin, of the House of King Saul. We lived in Shushan and children we taught. To love the Torah, fear no one and naught...
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