The Unfinished Business of Megillat Esther

By Bea Wyler

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, February 3, 1995

The Book of Esther is a story of victorious survival for Jews, but the text also displays discrimination against women. Esther missed the chance to help women victoriously "survive" by liberating them from subjugation. Because of this, the Fast of Esther should today be meant as a sign of mourning for continued discrimination.

Topic: Ritual, Antisemitism, Feminism, Jewish Text, Prejudice, Sexism, Discrimination, Holidays, Women

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Cardin, Nina Beth

Volume/Issue: Vol.25/no.487

Page Number(s): 1-3

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Wyler, Bea. The Unfinished Business of Megillat Esther. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 3 February 1995: 1-3. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7990


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