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The Shrine of Esther and Mordechai in Hamadan

main street of Hamedan
what happend to ORDER NO 6??? DON't KILL ANY BODY
Today we will visit Iranian Jewish's the most important mausoleum in Iran. And the
second religious monument of Jewishes in the world
Iranian jewishes live with us kindly ,they have their own schools and synagogoues cemetries.they have their own jobs such as shops.the most of them are merchants ,nobody do any harm to them they are a part of our society . I am sure :They are absolutely NOT they are not agree with slaughtering of children and women in Lebanon
They have a member in iran's parliament

SO i hope you will be agree with me that my country is land of peace and friendship
The name Mordecai is of uncertain origin. It is most commonly understood to mean "[servant] of Marduk" in Aramaic, identical to the name Marduka attested in the Persian period. Mordecai may have been a Persian or Babylonian name given to him. (The Book of Daniel contains similar accounts of Jews living in exile in Babylonia being assigned names relating to Babylonian gods.)
Some suggest that as Marduk was a war god, the expression "[servant] of Marduk" may simply denote a warrior - the popular translation of "warrior" is commonly found in naming dictionaries. Others note that Marduk was the creator in Babylonian mythology whence the term might have been understood by Jews to mean simply "[servant] of God".
Another interpretation of the name is that that it is of Persian origin meaning "little boy". Other suggested meanings of "contrition", "bitter" or "bruising" are listed in Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary of the late 19th century

The story
Esther was the daughter of Abihail, a Benjamite. She resided with her cousin Mordecai, who held some office in the household of the Persian king at "Shushan in the palace."
Ahasuerus, having rid himself of Vashti, chose Esther to be his wife and queen. Soon after this he gave Haman the Agagite, his prime minister, power and authority. Haman, without the king's knowledge, plans to kill and extirpate all the Jews throughout the Persian empire. This attempted genocide was averted when Esther reveals this to the king and the king gives the Jews license to defend themselves against all who try to kill them. The king orders Haman and his 10 sons to be hanged on the gallows, just as Haman had planned for Mordecai. The fight begins on the 13th of Adar and thousands lost their lives from both sides across the empire, the other side being enemies of the Jews from various nations.
Jews established an annual feast, the feast of Purim, in memory of their wonderful deliverance. According to traditional Jewish dating this took place about fifty-two years after the Return.
Esther appears in the Bible as a woman of deep piety, faith, courage, patriotism, and caution, combined with resolution; a dutiful daughter to her adopted father, docile and obedient to his counsels, and anxious to share the king's favour with him for the good of the Jewish people. That she was raised up as an instrument in the hand of God to avert the destruction of the Jewish people, and to afford them protection and forward their wealth and peace in their captivity, is manifest from the Scripture account.

For a discussion of the historicity of Esther, see Book of Esther.

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