External texts from the Second Temple period.
The relationship between the two Persian queens is integral to understanding the Purim story.
The greatest of Jewish leaders and prophets.
An analysis of the book read on Shavuot.
Sages & Scholars
One of the greatest Jewish scholars of all time, he was both a traditionalist and an innovator.
Tradition connects the prophet's vision to the revelation at Sinai.
The division and structure has been open to interpretation throughout history.
The connections between this story and the spring harvest festival.
Why isn't God mentioned in the Book of Esther?
Jews demonstrate the sanctity of biblical and rabbinic texts in several ways.
The Hebrew Bible, or Tanach, is divided into three sections: Torah, Prophets and Writings.
The sexual relationships forbidden by the Torah are intended to prohibit non-Israelite religious practices and abuses of power.