Purim arrives next week, and with it a week of costumes, fun, parties, drinking, and lots of noise. It is not unusual to see a gorilla crossing the street and a clown driving a car (well, a lot of drivers in Israel are clowns, the rest of the year, too). But what I mean is that the soberness of daily life (and I mean that in two ways) slips a bit during Purm’s joyful mayhem.
Beyond the parties, however, there is a lot in the Jewish holiday of Purim – hidden identities, cooperation with unfriendly regimes, threats of annihilation, sexual tension and innuendo. It’s an amazing story.
The scholars of the Shalom Hartman Institute, led by holiday maven and scholar Noam Zion, have a lot to say about Purim, and I urge you to stop by the Hartman website and to begin sampling the items there. The story starts right on the homepage.
Women and men
Women in Shushan: Playing by the rules and winning
The ultimate supermodel: Esther or Vashti?
Esther: Ornament fit for a king
Ahashverosh unmanned: Who really controls his relationships?