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Running on Jewish Time

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

One who enters Adar....

....had better be far drunker or more tired than I am to do justice to it.

but in attempt to do otherwise,

anyone have a good perush for megillat esther?

4 Comments:

  • Malbim. Hands down.

    By Blogger Stx, at 9:48 PM, February 28, 2006  

  • If you want something in English, you can try "Days of Joy" - It expands upon the teachings of the Sfas Emes.

    By Blogger Stx, at 9:50 PM, February 28, 2006  

  • For the whole Megillah? Or a perush on the Megillah?

    If you like Kabbalaish perushim, it says that Esther was never intimate with the king (can't write his name in English)
    Every time he called for her she send a Shed(spirit) instead.
    In this light she never committed adultery, following the Gemorroh in Maseches Megillah which asserts Esther was not Mordechai's niece but his wife.


    I agree with stx that the Malbim on Megillas Esther is a perfect sefer to better understand the Megillah.
    If you want a wonderful relaxing but very complete account I recommand this book
    Let My Nation Live
    http://www.artscroll.com/Books/llih.html

    By Blogger Pragmatician, at 7:06 AM, March 01, 2006  

  • I read something a couple of years ago, I think it was called "Dawn". A very interesting perspective on Esther as a uniquely Galut holiday. Another good thought is an essay by Rav Soleveitchik, in "Reflections of the Rav" which puts Esther in it's proper political context... definitely not what you learned in elementary school.

    In case you can't find that essay, he says that Achashveirosh was actually only a king-consort, which means that disposing of Vashti put his own claim to the throne at risk. He feared assassination and revolt. (That's why any unwelcome visitor to the court was put to death.) Haman played on that fear by pointing out that since Jews are everywhere, have their own language, and maintain a network of contacts with each other throughout the kingdom, they could easily be helping plan a revolution. There's more, go look for the article.

    By Blogger tuesdaywishes, at 10:46 PM, March 01, 2006  

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