Ariel Clark Silver describes how Queen Esther’s story inspired women’s rights activist Louisa May Alcott’s short fable of an Aster who wisely ruled the kingdom of the flowers.
Jennifer Caplan reviews Esther in America, a timely volume featuring essays by a number of Lehrhaus editors that addresses how the characters and themes of Megillat Esther have been integrated into American thought and culture over time.
Tzvi Sinensky explores the hidden world of Esther with the help of Nathaniel Hawthorne.
What do Paul, Purim costumes, and Purim torah all have in common? Yehuda Fogel delves into the meaning of hiddenness and its role in revelation on Purim.
In a fascinating analysis, Gavriel Lakser places the Megillah in the context of the overarching struggle between the Jewish people and Amalek.
Erica Brown explores the deeper meaning of joy in Megillat Esther and beyond.
How did Esther shape the way Puritans saw the ideal role of the contemporary woman? Cotton Mather, a major player in the Salem Witch Trials, had much to say in his Ornaments for the Daughters of Zion. Stuart Halpern of Yeshiva University explains, wishing us all a Puritan Purim.
Shlomo Zuckier asks what we can learn from Shaul's mistakes in this week's Haftara.
Tzvi Sinensky contends that the rabbinic and feminist readings of Vashti are not diametrically opposed.
Tzvi Sinensky suggests that the Megillah itself confronts the question of Purim's legitimacy.
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