Tag: Esther

Rabbi Soloveitchik’s view of Esther

Megillat Esther Mesorat Harav By Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik   Many books have been published which are commentaries on various subjects, including the Bible, Siddur, and Haggadah, which are based on teachings of Rabbi Soloveitchik. These books were not written by the rabbi. They are collections of his sayings that the authors of the books […]

What are the five megillot?

Textual Tapestries Explorations of the Five Megillot By Gabriel H. Cohn Maggid Press, 2017 Textual Tapestries is the seventh excellent and informative addition to Maggid’s Tanakh Companions series. As its subtitle states, it is about the five biblical books that Jews call Megillot, “scrolls,” – Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther – and […]

Who was Judith?

                                                                                        Most people do not know who Judith was and, therefore, are […]

Esther in Legends

For the last few days, because of the approach of Purim, I have been posting chapters from my recent book “Unusual Bible Interpretations: Ruth, Esther, and Judith,” in which among a lot of other things, I showed that Judith, in the apocrypha, the book Jewish ancestors decided not to include in the Bible, was more […]

Purim is not observed as mandated in the Bible

I am reposting this essay since Purim is coming shortly. My book “Ruth, Esther, and Judith,” tells, among much else, what the biblical book Esther really states, not what people want it to state.   It is remarkable how a reading of the biblical text itself without any preconceived notions reveals many things that is […]

What does the Bible really say about Esther?

Since the holiday of Purim occurs soon, I thought you might be interested in reading the introduction I wrote to my analysis of the book of Esther in my book “Unusual Bible Interpretations: Ruth, Esther, and Judith.”                                     […]

Esther in my new book

                                                                      “Ruth, Esther, and Judith”   I just published two books “Ruth, Esther, and Judith” and “Jonah and Amos.” Both offer […]

Esther is not as Simple as People Think

                                                         Esther is not as Simple as People Think   The biblical book Esther, like Ruth, is one of the five Megilloth, scrolls that are read in synagogues […]

A superb interpretation of biblical Esther

God and Politics in Esther By Yoram Hazony Cambridge University Press, 2016, 262 pages + Hebrew of Esther   Hazony offers readers a revised and expanded version of his 1995 book “The Dawn,” which was subtitled “Political Teachings of the Book of Esther,” and gives us one of the best commentaries written on the biblical […]

Some thoughts on Esther

  After completing our examination of the book of Esther, we see that Esther is in no way similar to what people think the book contains. There is no mention of God in the book of Esther and no indication that the Judeans observed any biblical command. Even when the Judeans fasted because of Esther’s request, […]

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