The origin of the Jewish festival of Purim

Esther 8:1-17   Haman's estates are given to Queen Esther, and Mordecai is appointed as her chief administrator. Xerxes issues another royal edict giving Jews in the Persian Empire the right to bear arms and protect themselves.

Esther 9:1-17   When the day originally appointed for the extermination of the Jews arrives (the thirteenth of Adar – the twelfth month of the Jewish calendar – in 473BC) the Jews are able to defend themselves and destroy their enemies. The next day they celebrate with a joyful feast.


Purim performance at the Jewish Theatre in Warszawa, Poland (Kotoviski)

Purim performance at the Jewish Theatre in Warszawa, Poland   (Kotoviski)


Esther 9:18-32   The fourteenth and fifteenth of Adar become days of national celebration in the Jewish calendar – the festival of Purim.

Esther 10:1-3   Mordecai is promoted to become King Xerxes’ chief advisor.

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