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The Megillah Project

Between Gender and National Identity

The Megillah Project: leading Jewish thinkers reflect on the Book of Esther
Dr. Orit Avneri is the director of the Tanach Initiative and a Research Fellow at the Kogod Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute. Dr. Avneri teaches Bible studies at the Shalem Academic Center. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees (under the supervision of Prof. Yair Zakovitz) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She wrote her doctorate dissertation in the Bible Department at Bar Ilan University under the supervision of Prof. Ed Grinstein. In her

Between Gender and National Identity

The Book of Esther is traditionally read on the holiday of Purim. In synagogues, it often chanted to a special melody and read from a scroll—megillah is the Hebrew word for scroll—and even though there are other scrolls, Jews often refer to The Book of Esther as “The Megillah.” The Book of Esther is indeed a unique text in the canon of Jewish literature, opening its content to multiple interpretations. We have gathered here a collection of perspectives on this rich text, bringing together scholars, rabbis, artists, teachers, poets, and readers to shed light on The Book of Esther from a wide variety of disciplines and sources of knowledge.

The Megillah Project consists of more than 30 videos, each offering a unique perspective on Judaism and plagues and showcasing the variety of ways that Jews have thought the Book of Esther.

The Megillah Project collaboration between BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change, Judaism Unbound, 929 English, The Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, and jewishLIVE

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