Religion: Purim

Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, who reigned 24 centuries ago 'from India to Ethiopia, that he put away his proud wife Vashti and espoused a modest, pretty Jewess named Esther. Ignorant of his queen's race, Ahasuerus made a favorite of her cousin Mordecai, who had saved the king's life. This was annoying to Haman the Prime Minister, a haughty anti-Semite. Haman had a gallows built 50 cubits high on which to hang Mordecai. He also got Ahasuerus to agree to exterminate "a certain people," casting lots (Purim) to...

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