Don’t Judge Too Quickly

Don’t Judge Too Quickly

Early this month, on the eve of Purim, the Israeli Antiquities Authority announced with some fanfare that an inscription from the time of the Persian king Darius I had been found at Lachish, once a major city in southern Israel. During the Persian period (c. 550–330...

Purim the ‘Most Ambiguous’ Jewish Holiday

Remember the book of Esther from Sunday school? The boys yawned and waited for the lesson on Daniel, but the girls loved the beautiful queen, an exemplary heroine who saved her people. Victims become victors in Esther. However, there is much more in the book of...

Purim: Celebrating Freedom from Oppression

Purim is a joyous Jewish holiday rooted in liberation from oppression. Its themes are a piquant mixture of festivity and frivolity with profound theological reflection upon persecution and providence. Purim is observed on the 14th day of Adar, a month before Passover....