In history there are lots of stories, but I think that the story of Queen Esther is my favorite.
At the time the king of Persia was King Ahasuerus, before invading Greece he had a 180 feast to boost morale! One day while he was feasting with his advisors, high counsel men, and princes from the region he called on his wife so he could show off her beauty. She refused; she didn’t want to be the center of attention. The king was furious, so he divorced and exiled her.
He went to fight in Greece and when he came back he was looking for a new queen. Mordecai (the future queen’s cousin) told Hadassah, his cousin, to come and try to become the queen. She agreed and beautified herself. She was told not to tell anyone she was Jewish and changed her name to Esther. The king was in awe of her beauty and married her.
Sounds like a happy ending, right? Well, not yet. One character has not been not been introduced. His name is Haman. When Mordecai didn’t give him the respect he thought was due he wanted to kill all the Jews. Haman told the king this plan by saying that they are planning something against him. The king, not knowing that Esther was a Jew and that Haman was lying to him said yes to this plan; and called the day when all the Jews were to hanged Purim day.
When Esther found out she knew that her people weren’t planning anything and that Haman was lying. But she needed to prove it. She didn’t want her people to die! So, when the day came nearer she asked to have an audience with the king for dinner. The king accepted and invited her for dinner. At dinner Esther revealed that she was a Jew and that Haman was lying.
The king believed her and stopped Purim day and hung Haman on the same gallows that Haman built for the Jews on Purim day.
Now, that’s the happy ending. I hope that you enjoyed this story as much as I did! Thanks for reading!