The story of Esther

The Story of Esther

The Book of Esther is one of the twenty four books of the Tanakh. The Book of Esther or the Megillah tells the story of Purim. This story is the basis for the Jewish celebration of Purim.

Its full text is read aloud in Hebrew twice during Purim from a parchment scroll, the first time in the evening at the beginning of the festival, and again the following morning during morning prayers.

All orthodox Jews, including young boys and girls can recall this story by heart. How Queen Esther of the bible saved the Jews by her courageous sacrifice for her nation.

The book of Esther

For the book of Esther in Hebrew and exact English translation click here .

For the book of Esther written in easy and simple language to understand click here .

Reading the Megilah

On the Jewish holiday of Purim, when the Megilah (the story of Esther) is recited in is customary to make noise when the name of the evil Haman is mentioned. While adults while just knock with their feet on the ground, kids will use a Grager (a small noisemaker customary for Purim) or other fun stuff that make large noises.

Esther, queen of Persia saved the Jewish people. That is why story is called on her name, the story of Esther.

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