Posts tagged Book Of Esther
Rabbi Brian Strauss of Houston describes the Jewish annual festival of Purim, which occurs later this month (March 23-24). Centered on the biblical Book of Esther, Purim recounts a story of one villain's ultimately unsuccessful attempt to orchestrate a genocide against ancient Persia's Jews. Purim is especially joyful in its remembrance of the intended victims' salvation. By contrast, however, the memory of millions murdered in recent genocides has prompted many people to question traditional assumptions about how we can best understand historical atrocities.