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Esther the Jews Shining Star However you wish to say it Hadassah Hebrew Ester Persian for star Hester Latin or the Greek Esther one thing remains the same Esther is the shining star for the Jewish people during the reign of King Ahasuerus in Persia The book of Esther is found in the Old Testament It explains how through Esther God protected the Jewish from Hamans plot to murder all Jews young old women and children The book begins during the reign of King Ahasuerus During the third year of his reign he throws a feast for his princes and servants He then throws a feast for the common people that dwell in the Palace of Shushan On the seventh day of the feast the King called for his wife Queen Vashti to come forth and show her beauty to his guests The Queen refused This enraged King Ahasuerus He called upon his council for advice The noblemen felt she did wrong by disrespecting her husband They told the King he should give her position to another A decree was drawn up stating the King was looking for a new Queen It was then sent out to all the provinces King Ahasuerus made it known that he wanted a fair beautiful young virgin for himself Appointed officers from the provinces were instructed to bring the women to the palace Hegai the keeper of the women would begin a purification process that would last twelve months Mordecai brought one of the young maidens Her name was Esther Esther had no mother or father and Mordecai took her as his own daughter Mordecai instructed Esther not to reveal her nationality and family to anyone Esther obeyed After six months of oil and myrrh and six months of sweet odours and other purification rituals the maidens were ready to go before the King Everyone was impressed with Esther especially the King He chose her to be
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