On a hill overlooking houses being constructed in Metulla is another huge poster with a photo of the Dome of the Rock. The face of Ayatollah Khomeini glowers down over the dome and Hezbollah has written: “We are coming” in Hebrew and Arabic.
In this Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 photo released by the Tasnim News Agency, members of the Basij, the paramilitary unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, gather around a replica of Jerusalem’s gold-topped Dome of the Rock mosque as one of them waves an Iranian flag from on top of the dome during a military exercise. (AP Photo/Tasnim News Agency, Mahmoud Hosseini)
Iran, Israel’s archenemy, frequently expresses solidarity with the Palestinians and holds an annual “al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day” each year on the last Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan.
Who was Esther?
What is Esther best known for?
Where did does the story of Esther take place?
When did the story of Esther take place?
Is the story of Esther true?
How did Esther risk her own life?
Why did Esther risk her own life?
- Did you know that Esther is mentioned more times in the Bible than any other woman?
- Did you know Esther’s birth name was Hadassah which is derived from the Hebrew word hadas for a myrtle tree, which is a symbol of righteousness?
- Did you know that Esther lived in exile?
- Did you know Esther was an orphan?
- Did you know Esther was taken captive?
- Did you know Esther faced execution?
- Though the name of God is not mentioned in the Book of Esther, the hand of God, ruling and over-ruling the events for the preservation of His people, can be seen throughout.
- The Jewish expression “hester panim” means the ‘hidden face of God’.
A favorite desert for Purim known as Hamantashen
- 3 cups flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
- 3 eggs
- Choice of filling (jam, jelly, preserves, chocolate chips, Nutella, nuts). For a prune filling: blend raw prunes in a food processor, adding the juice and rind of one lemon and 1/2 cup of honey for every pound of prunes.
- Sift together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
- Mix in butter and eggs.
- Roll out dough and form hamantashen (see photos below).
- Bake on a greased cookie sheet or on parchment paper for 12-15 minutes at 400 F.
- History : Josephus, (Xerxes I, Darius), Artaxerxes
- Biblical Account
- Modern Day Iran mirroring Haman’s Intent
- Prophetic Implications
- Multimedia Presentation
- Classic and Contemporary Art depicting scenes from Esther
- Video clips gallery
- Movie review
- Children’s coloring book pages & lessons
- Bible Quiz on Esther
Esther Becomes Queen
Now isn’t the Queen the Bride of the King?