Helene (Helena), Queen of Adiabene, north of Syria on the banks of the Euphrates, in the time before the fall of the Second Temple. Together with her sons Monbaz and Izats, Helene began to study Torah with Jews who traveled through their kingdom, and eventually converted to Judaism. It appears that other members of the ruling elite did so as well. Helene visited Jerusalem a number of times and made donations both to the Temple and to the destitute people living in Israel. Her children followed in her footsteps, and even sent troops to support the Jewish uprising during the Great Revolt.
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