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Once upon a time in the Persian Empire, there lived a beautiful Jewish girl named Esther. She was taken from her homeland and brought up by her cousin Mordecai in the royal city of Shushan. One day, King Ahasuerus held a grand feast to show off his wealth and power. During this feast, he ordered his queen, Vashti, to come and display her beauty to the guests. She refused, and as punishment, the king banished her from the palace.

To find a new queen, the king held a beauty contest, and Esther was chosen as the winner. She kept her Jewish identity a secret from everyone, including the king. Mordecai, however, discovered a plot to assassinate the king and informed Esther about it. She bravely told the king about the conspiracy, saving his life. In gratitude, the king made Mordecai his prime minister.

But trouble was brewing once again. Haman, an advisor to the king, grew angry when Mordecai refused to bow down to him. In revenge, Haman convinced the king to issue a decree to annihilate all Jews in the empire. When Esther learned about this, she risked her life to reveal her Jewish identity and plead for her people's lives before the king. Her bravery paid off, as the king reversed his decision and allowed the Jews to defend themselves against their enemies.

The Jews were victorious in the ensuing battle, and Haman was hanged on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Esther's people rejoiced, and she continued to serve as queen, using her position to protect and provide for her people. The story of Esther serves as a reminder of courage, faith, and the power of standing up for what is right.

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