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The Five Megillot: The Book of Esther

Hosted By: My Jewish Learning

Join My Jewish Learning and Rabbi Sara Brandes as we explore the Megillot – the biblical scrolls – that are chanted on Purim, Passover, Shavuot, Tisha B’Av, and Sukkot.

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In this pre-Purim session, we’ll look at the power of satire to convey deep truth, and explore the meaning of an upside-down world in which God is hidden.

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The Book of Esther’s Violent Ending

When an oppressed group massacres others.

Chanting the Book of Eicha

The biblical Book of Lamentations is chanted in a unique style, with each verse beginning in a major mode and ending in its relative minor mode.

How the Book of Esther Changed

Several Greek versions of the Purim story survive, along with the biblical text we read today.