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Purim and Chanuka: Megillah and Hallel
Purim and Chanuka: Megillah and Hallel
A central observance of Chanuka is the recitation of Hallel on all eight days; on Purim Hallel is not recited. We will study the significance of this distinction.
Purim and Chanuka: Text and Temple
Purim and Chanuka: Text and Temple
The observance of Purim centers around the Megillah, which becomes part of the canon. Chanuka, by contrast, focuses on the lighting of the candles, a Temple ritual. We will discuss the implications of each.
Thoughts on Megillat Esther
Thoughts on Megillat Esther
Purim doesn't only represent days of rejoicing; it is also a holiday demonstrative of community and caring for the other.
Sacred or Profane: Practices of Purim (part 1 of a 3-session course)
Sacred or Profane: Practices of Purim (part 1 of a 3-session course)
Click here to listen to the other class sessions. We will will review the four mitzvot of Purim - megillah, mishloach manot, matanot le-evyonim (gifts to the poor), and the festive meal, as well as various folk practices that accrued to the holiday overtime (including dressing up, "Purim Torah," and many others). In addition to outlining the basics of the laws, we will attempt to understand what basic themes and values run through the various laws and practices, and what they tell us about the meaning of Purim.
The Book of Esther
The Book of Esther
Dr. Aaron Koller and Rabbi David Silber in conversation about the Book of Esther. Part of the Family Morning of Learning sponsored, in part, by Rella Feldman and family.
Emerging Identities: Esther of Persia, Individuality and Community
Emerging Identities: Esther of Persia, Individuality and Community
The goal of this session is to provide an opportunity for different members of families to learn with each other, study sources together, and benefit from an interactive shiur with a dynamic young scholar. Part of the Family Morning of Learning sponsored, in part, by Rella Feldman and family.
Parashat Zachor
Parashat Zachor
On Ta’anit Esther and Purim
On Ta’anit Esther and Purim
David Silber discusses the significance of Ta'anit Esther and the ways in which we celebrate Purim.
Haman: The Snake in the Garden of Eden
Haman: The Snake in the Garden of Eden
We will look at the snake in the Garden of Eden and compare him to Amalek.
Esther, Queen of Persia or Jewish Queen? (part 1 of a 4-session course)
Esther, Queen of Persia or Jewish Queen? (part 1 of a 4-session course)
Click here to listen to the other class sessions. Becoming a covenantal people involves choosing who will be in the group and who will be out. Not surprisingly this results in an interest in group boundaries and anxiety about blurring those lines.  
Thoughts on Megillat Esther
Thoughts on Megillat Esther
Purim doesn't only represent days of rejoicing; it is also a holiday demonstrative of community and caring for the other.
Playing with Sexuality and Gender in Megillat Esther
Playing with Sexuality and Gender in Megillat Esther
The rabbinic interpretation of Megillat Esther adds many layers to the narrative of Queen Esther, including the love triangle between Esther, Achashverosh and Mordechai.  We will learn these midrashim and seek to understand the rabbinic motivation to develop this romantic plot twist.  We will explore the rabbinic model of female leadership and the questions surrounding the relationship between the female and male hero of the tale.
The Mirror Has Two Faces: Images of Vashti and Esther in Megillat Esther
The Mirror Has Two Faces: Images of Vashti and Esther in Megillat Esther
Using midrashim and other forms of exegesis, speaker Wendy Amsellem explores the women’s centrality within the drama of the Purim story, including how they are portrayed separately and as foils to one another.
Megillat Esther – a Story of Survival or Revival?: A Prophetic Perspective
Megillat Esther – a Story of Survival or Revival?: A Prophetic Perspective
Is the prophetic message of Megillat Esther timeless, or does its author assume that the reader is familiar with 'current events' as well as the relatively recent prophecies of Jeremiah and Zechariah? We will examine this issue to determine how it may affect, and change, our very understanding of the basic message of one of the most popular books of the Bible.
The Missing Years of the Second Temple Period and Their Midrashic Effect on Megillat Esther
The Missing Years of the Second Temple Period and Their Midrashic Effect on Megillat Esther
There is a famous discrepancy between the years of the Second Temple Period according to Classic History (585 years) and according to Hazal (420 years). We will suggest a solution for this discrepancy, based on the prophetic purpose  of the biblical books that discuss this time period, and the exegetic approach of Hazal. We will also discuss how this approach helps explain how and why Hazal identify Esther as the mother of King Darius, who allowed the Jews to rebuild the Second Temple.