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The Megillah Project

Illustration as Interpretation of the Book of Esther

The Megillah Project: leading Jewish thinkers reflect on the Book of Esther
Rabbi Mishael Zion is founder of Kehillat Klausner in Jerusalem and founding director of the Mandel Leadership Institute’s Program for Leadership in Jewish Culture. He is formerly a fellow of the Kogod Research Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Together with his father, Noam Zion, he is the author of A Night to Remember: The Haggadah of Contemporary Voices (2007) and of The Israeli Haggadah (2004 and 2024). Mishael holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and

Illustration as Interpretation of the Book of Esther

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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