BY Jonah Doctura | 2017
Purim means "lots", from the word “pur” is a Jewish holy day that celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people during the ancient Persian Empire where a plot had been formed to annihilate them. The account has been recorded in the biblical book of Esther (known as Megillat Ester in Hebrew).
The Book of Esther described Haman, a royal adviser to King Ahasuerus (known to be Xerxes I of Persia) planned and attempted to obliterate all the Jews in the empire, but his plans were foiled by Mordecai and his adopted daughter Esther who had risen to become Queen of Persia. The supposed day of extermination became the day of deliverance and was observed with feasting and rejoicing.
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