Checkout is disabled during Shabbos and Yom Tov
0
  • Your Cart is Empty

THE QUEEN YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW – Unmasking Esther’s hidden story

by yossi March 08, 2011

The Book of Esther can easily masquerade as a child’s tale. There’s a villain out to hang Mordechai and murder his countrymen; a king who enjoys drinking; and a beautiful and noble queen. There are assassins, palace intrigue and a climactic battle scene — and a happy ending, to boot. What more could you ask for in a good child’s story?

The holiday associated with the book can seem child-like, too. Purim is celebrated with costumes, carnivals, and abundant merriment. Kids dress up as Esther, Mordechai, Haman and Achashveirosh, wearing plastic hats and cellophane scepters. Purim is the great holiday of make-believe.

u-queh

All this make believe, though, can have unintended consequences. Chief among them is the fact that many of us are likely to remain with childlike views of Purim and the Megillah long after we’ve turned adults. Our perspective upon Mordechai and Esther and their struggle can easily remain as one-dimensional as the face paint we use to impersonate these people in costume.

In this book, Rabbi Fohrman invites the reader to look at the Book of Esther with fresh eyes; to join him, as it were, on a guided adventure — a close reading of the ancient biblical text. In so doing, he reveals another Purim story; a richer, deeper narrative more suited perhaps, to the eyes of an adult than to a child. As layers of meaning are gradually revealed, Esther’s hidden story comes alive in a vibrant, unexpected way — offering the reader a fascinating and stirring encounter with the queen whose costume they wore as children — the queen they thought they knew.

For more information or to purchase please visit Artscroll.com

yossi
yossi


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Z Report

Remember Shlomo Carlebach: Yosef Chaim Shwekey Sings Kamari theater

by yossi November 09, 2014

Thousands gathered in the Kamari theater in Tel Aviv for a musical night. Different artists and singers joined together to honor the 20th Yahrtzeit of R’ Shlomo Carlebach there. Among
Read More
Presenting: Camp Shalva – Anim Zemiros

by yossi November 09, 2014

It’s been four years since the Jewish music world lost one of the greatest composers of all time, Rabbi Moshe Goldman z”l. Moshe was a man of many worlds –
Read More
Gad Elbaz – Open Up [Official Music Video]

by yossi November 09, 2014

It’s where upscale meets gourmet, where grocery shopping is transformed into an experience so joyous, you might just find yourself dancing down Breadberry’s carefully choreographed aisles. This all new music
Read More
News & Updates

Sign up to get the latest on sales, new releases and more …