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The Megillah Project

The Greek Additions to Esther

The Megillah Project: leading Jewish thinkers reflect on the Book of Esther
Ethan Schwartz is a member of the second cohort of North American David Hartman Center Fellows and is a PhD candidate in Hebrew Bible at Harvard University, where his dissertation explores the literary construction of prophetic speech in the Latter Prophets. His other interests include pentateuchal composition, ancient biblical interpretation (especially at Qumran and in the New Testament), and the intellectual history of biblical studies. Ethan is committed to bringing biblical studies into productive conversation

The Greek Additions to 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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