Why is the romantic tale of the Book of Esther such a popular topic? Is Esther a heroine or a victim? What accounts for the modern changes in interpretation? This course will explore the composition of the Megillah, the controversy regarding its inclusion in the Bible, its influence upon Jewish identity and, of course, the celebration of Purim.
Rabbi Benjamin J. Segal is an author and lecturer, living in Jerusalem. He is past president both of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies and of Melitz, the Centers for Jewish and Zionist Education.
He has written on biblical, Talmudic, Zionist and educational issues. His books include: A New Psalm: The Psalms As Literature; Kohelet’s Pursuit of Truth: A New Reading of Ecclesiastes; The Song of Songs: A Woman in Love; Returning: The Land of Israel as Focus in Jewish History; Midrash: The Search for a Contemporary Past. His newest work on the Book of Esther is due to be published soon.
Tuition: USD 80 / ILS 260 per course
The weekly zoom link will be sent via email to all registered students.
The Book of Esther: A Journey into the Saga of Jewish Survival in the Diaspora