Whatever Happened to Vashti?: Unraveling Mysteries in the Book of Esther
Hosted By: My Jewish Learning
In this special Purim program for My Jewish Learning, teacher and author Sandra E. Rapoport will present her original lecture and reading, “Whatever Happened to Vashti?: Unraveling Mysteries in the Book of Esther.”
When Queen Vashti famously refused to dance at the king’s wine party, she precipitated a scandal in the royal court of Persia. Yet the text of the Megillah — the Book of Esther — does not tell us her fate. Was she executed for her audacity? Or did she escape? Millennia of opinions differ. Even the two Talmuds—the towering treatises on Jewish law and lore—discuss Vashti and her fate, and their conclusions differ diametrically.
Join us for an exciting and dramatic lecture and reading exploring Vashti, the other queen in the Book of Esther.