Finding Esther

Iranian Jews also make a pilgrimage to the graves in Hamadan where Esther and Mordecai are buried.

March 16, 2016 22:19
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VIEWS OF the interior of the mausoleum of Esther and Mordecai in Hamadan. A Cultural Heritage Organization plaque identifies the location.. (photo credit: ANNIKA HERNROTH-ROTHSTEIN)


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The sun shines brightly over the ancient city of Hamadan in the Kurdish part of northern Iran, encapsulated by the majestic Mount Alvand. I’ve traveled a long way to get here, from a frigid Nordic kingdom, in order to see my hero and fulfill a dream. I have come to find Queen Esther.

She was the second wife of Xerxes I (who ruled from 486 to 465 BCE) – referred to as Khashayarsha in Persian – the fourth king of the Achaemenid Empire.


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