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The Megillah Project

Mordecai the Villain: Why Drink on Purim?

The Megillah Project: leading Jewish thinkers reflect on the Book of Esther
Ayalon Eliach is a Rabbinic Fellow of the David Hartman Center, as well as Senior Advisor at Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah, whose mission is to help people apply particular Jewish wisdom to universal human questions. Ayalon’s interests include the reimagination of Jewish praxis and the purpose of Jewish life in non-theistic communities. Ayalon holds a BA, summa cum laude, from Yale University, a JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and an MA in

Mordecai the Villain: Why Drink on Purim?

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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