Thursday, February 24, 2011

Megilat Esther and Modernity

A wonderful organization, the American Jewish World Service, has put out a great resource connecting the Biblical story of Esther and current challenges faced by women in the developing world. This year, as in many years, Purim falls very close to International Women's Day. It is worthwhile not only to think of Purim as a holiday of about the redemption of the Jewish people more generally or of a fun day with costumes and candy. Rather, let us think about how this story is specifically about the sacrifices and experiences of women and how we can exercise power in the world.