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The Megillah In Depth (Video Series)

Studying the Book of Esther

Study the Purim story from its original text, the Book of Esther, together with the classic commentaries.

The Megillah in Depth, Part 1
Studying the book of Esther
This class studies the text of chapter 1 of the book of Esther.
The Megillah in Depth, Part 2
Studying the book of Esther
This class studies the text of chapter 1 of the book of Esther.
The Megillah in Depth, Part 3
Studying the book of Esther
This class studies the text of chapter 1 of the book of Esther.
The Megillah in Depth, Part 4
Studying the book of Esther
This class studies the text of chapter 1 of the book of Esther.
The Megillah in Depth, Part 5
Studying the book of Esther
This class studies the text of the end of chapter 1 of the book of Esther, and begins chapter 2.
The Megillah in Depth, Part 6
This class studies the text of the second chapter of the book of Esther.
The Megillah in Depth, Part 7
This class studies the text of the second chapter of the book of Esther.
The Megillah in Depth, Part 8
This class studies the text of the second chapter of the book of Esther.
The Megillah in Depth, Part 9
This class studies the text of the second chapter of the book of Esther.
The Rise of an Anti-Semite
The Megillah in Depth, Chapter 3, Part 1
This class studies the text of the third chapter of the book of Esther.
The Jew Who Wouldn't Bow!
The Megillah in Depth, Chapter 3, Part 2
This class studies the text of the third chapter of the book of Esther.
A 'Random Attack' on the Jewish People
The Megillah in Depth, Chapter 3, Part 3
This class studies the text of the third chapter of the book of Esther.
The Case for the Final Solution
The Megillah in Depth, Chapter 3, Part 4
This class studies the text of the third chapter of the book of Esther.
Haman’s Shekel Payoff
The Megillah in Depth, Chapter 3, Part 5
This class studies the text of the third chapter of the book of Esther.
Haman’s Deceptive Scheme
The Megillah in Depth, Chapter 3, Part 6
This class studies the text of the third chapter of the book of Esther.
Mordechai's Shock Treatment
The Megillah in Depth, Chapter 4, Part 1
The plot thickened as news of Haman’s secret final solution leaked, and consequently plunged all the Jewish citizens of the vast Persian Empire into deep mourning and depression. Discover how Mordechai’s shocking response woke up a comatose nation. Learn the key insight embedded in a fascinating Midrash involving Mordechai, Moses and Elijah the prophet.
Esther’s Bizarre Response
The Megillah in Depth, Chapter 4, Part 2
Discover what happened behind the scenes as the Queen of Persia, (a clandestine Jewess originally called Hadassah, who now goes by the name Esther) goes into a bizarre “toxic shock” after hearing about Mordechai’s – the Chief Rabbi – seeming nervous breakdown. Discover the details of her shocking response to the “public rabbinic disrobement” that caused a huge kerfuffle amidst the Jewish population.
Mordechai's Momentous Tell All!
The Megillah in Depth, Chapter 4, Part 3
How did Persia's Chief Rabbi manage to tell everything to the Queen like it was—conveying the severity of the impending dreadful danger without causing a stir? This class reveals fascinating details of his shocking exposé on the state-sponsored genocidal plan that targeted the entire Jewish population. Discover the subtleties in one of the most incredible Biblical conversations, as you realize how his words are shockingly relevant until our very day and age!
A Royal Refusal Redirected
The Megillah in Depth, Chapter 4, Part 4
This class reveals the behind-the-scenes story about the communications between Queen Esther and her esteemed cousin Mordechai HaTzaddik. Why wasn’t Esther willing to cooperate? How did Mordechai’s razor-sharp rhetoric turn her around? Linguistic layers are peeled away and subtleties are uncovered in one of the most monumental Biblical conversations ever recorded, that contains a priceless life’s message for every one of us today.
Ancient Hunger Games
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Ancient Hunger Games
The Megillah in Depth, Chapter 4, Part 5
Queen Esther clandestinely responds to Mordechai's demands. Ultimately, she agrees to risk everything, and violate all legal protocol to attempt to assist her brethren from the genocidal plot that's been hatched. But first she demands that all of Shushan's Jews rally together and abstain from food and drink for three days. She and her royal entourage will behave in kindred fashion. But whom will the starving save? Discover the incredible profound ideas behind this extraordinary demand of self-mortification, and learn why it was an absolute necessity!
Passover Seder Lost & Found
The Megillah in Depth, Chapter 4, Part 6
Discover the incredible Purim subplot story: going Seder-less in Shushan! Did you know that the fast ordained by Queen Esther displaced Passover, and possibly passed over the traditional Pesach observances, including eating Matzah, Maror, and drinking the 4 cups of wine? Learn all about the potent power of public prayer—if only true unity can prevail. Finally see how three remarkable days of spiritual rehabilitation changed the course of Jewish history forever; as desperate times that called for desperate measures, ultimately succeeded!
Royal Faceoff!
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Royal Faceoff!
The Megillah in Depth, Chapter 5, Part 1
The opening verse of the fifth chapter of Megillat Esther tells the dramatic story of the mystery queen’s moment of truth. Driven by unwavering faith in G-d, and strengthened by unshakable resolve to carry out her fateful mission, Queen Esther is cloaked by a powerful spirit of holiness as she prayerfully violates the law and approaches the king.
Royal Turnabout is “Fair Pray”
The Megillah in Depth, Chapter 5, Part 2
The terrifying faceoff climaxes as Esther prayerfully cries out to G-d from the bottom of her heart; seeing her life flash before her eyes. Achashverosh is visibly infuriated; the executioners move in for the kill… Suddenly, a shockingly dramatic reversal ensues; the King miraculously extends his royal scepter graciously welcoming his stricken Queen, and showers her with loving care and consideration. This class reveals how this is actually the pivotal moment in which the surprising Purim story turnabout actually begins!
Esther’s Game of Thrones
The Megillah in Depth, Chapter 5, Part 3
Although Esther had flagrantly disobeyed and consequently infuriated him, the thin-skinned, easily angered King was miraculously overcome with tenderness. Lovingly, he offers up to “half the kingdom” to fulfil her desires. Perplexingly, the mission-driven queen seems to have lost her direction, as she strangely asked for nothing but his, and the hate-filled Prime Minister Haman’s attendance at an intimate dinner party! This eye-opening class takes us behind the scenes; introducing us to the brilliant, shrewdly engineered and faith-filled strategies of the Purim heroine.
The Drinks Are on Me
The Megillah in Depth, Chapter 5, Part 4
As the fine wine flows, the King relaxes in the exclusive company of his Prime Minister and Queen. Realizing that she wouldn’t risk her life for a banquet, he repeats his inquiry – seeking insight into the real nature of her wishes. Yet the reticent Queen still doesn't make the ask; instead requesting their presence at a second intimate banquet – assuring the Monarch that it would climax with her response. Why did the Purim heroine continue to delay? Discover the answer to this, and many other perplexing elements of this section of the shrouded miraculous narrative.
Haman's Joy & Wrath
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Haman's Joy & Wrath
The Megillah in Depth, Chapter 5, Part 5
Thrilled with the special private royal feast he just attended, Haman finally achieves inner satisfaction at achieving the apex of success. But his fanatical anti-Semitism robs him of his happiness. Seeing the Jew Mordechai placidly occupying his parliamentary position fills him with murderous rage. Restraining his inner fury and emotional angst, world Jewry's arch enemy heads home to his loved ones; seeking comfort and counsel in achieving an immediate final solution to the vexing problem of the Persian Chief Rabbi's very existence.
A Wicked Wife’s Wisdom for a Final Solution
The Megillah in Depth, Chapter 5, Part 6
Seeking his wife’s sage, sensitive advice, Haman recounts his many achievements and personal triumphs, emphasising that none of it has any value as long as Persia’s most famous Jew exists – the immediate elimination of the impudent Jewish leader is absolutely necessary. The question is how? Deeply superstitious and wickedly wise, Haman’s diabolically conniving monster-mate Zerersh strategically analyzes the possibilities, reaching the conclusion that there is only one viable final solution – Mordechai must hang from a towering gallows by morning. A detailed plan is hatched; immediate action ensues as zero hour approaches.
Sleepless in Shushan: Royal Insomnia
The Megillah in Depth, Chapter 6, Part 1
It’s the turning point in the Purim story as the fortunes of Mordechai and Haman are about to reverse and the miracle begins to rush forward towards its climax! On that fateful night in the capital of the Persian Empire insomniacs are on the prowl. Discover the story behind the story of the King’s sleep suddenly and inexplicably disturbed. The status quo – both in Heaven and on Earth are profoundly shaken and a seismic shift unfolds. Is an open miracle unfolding; or is this predictable political science? Listen in as a suspicious King curiously chooses to have the country’s chronicles read aloud; and the plot thickens!
The House of Cards Collapses
The Megillah in Depth, Chapter 6, Part 2
To cure his insomnia, the sleep-deprived monarch naturally asks for the Royal Chronicles to be read aloud – but this is no ordinary night and nothing is quite as it seems. The wheel of Haman’s political fortune has already swung, yet he knows nothing of it. Although miraculous happenings contribute to the Heavenly orchestrated reversal, the miracle of Purim remains firmly ensconced in nature. With the Purim paradigm in full play, employing classic concealment the King of all Kings ordains that an earthly King’s desire to reward a Jewish Parliamentarian causes a hateful Prime Minister’s dramatic downfall and everything is turned upside down!
Collusions and Delusions
The Megillah in Depth, Chapter 6, Part 3
The miraculous events of the dramatic “night of transformation” begin to accelerate. Following suspicion of Haman colluding with his queen to depose of him, Haman arrives at an unearthly hour serving to intensify the king’s paranoid delusions. Haman, usually cold and calculated lets his emotions get the better of him; driven by hatred, he foolishly overreaches. The cunning king lays a trap as he puts his Prime Minister to a test. In a haze of delusional self-importance, Haman, yet again colossally miscalculates – this time, unwittingly, triggering his own humiliating downfall.
Haman’s Hasty Humiliation
The Megillah in Depth, Chapter 6, Part 4
The divinely designed drama continues to unfold in stunning speed. The political landscape rapidly shifts; as now the conspiracy-theorist Monarch decides it's time to humiliate his formally trusted and beloved, anti-Semitic Prime Minister. “Quickly do everything you propose for Mordechai, my court Jew” he forcefully commands. Our oral tradition attests to the hateful Haman’s desperate attempts to reverse direction, yet with every suggestion, his position worsens. Elucidated with a wide array of colourful teachings, we conclude with a remarkable mystical insight!
Haman’s Crushing Collapse
The Megillah in Depth, Chapter 6, Part 5
Narrating the Prime Minister’s carrying out the unambiguous orders he received, this verse reads straightforwardly – devoid of encoded nuance, and unadorned by copious commentary or annotation. Yet, per sacred tradition the dramatic details were recorded. Dignity demolished, Haman gut wrenchingly does the king's bidding. Falling from his high office, he’s swiftly devolved into a common bathing attendant and barber! And just as things couldn't get worse, his daughter unwittingly gave him a nasty surprise; and then committed suicide upon realizing her error!
The Parade Aftermath
The Megillah in Depth, Chapter 6, Part 6
In the aftermath of the Royal Parade where Persia’s leading anti-Semite, was forced to give glory to kingdom’s Chief Rabbi; we are told about Mordechai and Haman’s subsequent behaviour. The Sage resumes his penitential fasting and contrition, while the devastated Prime Minister despondently slinks home in the self-imposed anonymity covered in filth and shame! Filled with subtleties and nuanced prose, this deceptively simple verse is laden with deep meaning, profound insight and powerful lessons that we can use in our day and age!
Forecasting Haman’s Failure
The Megillah in Depth, Chapter 6, Part 7
Having suffered totally unpredicted devastating humiliation, Haman seeks counsel and comfort from his wife and supporters. Dispassionately, the wiser amongst them predicts a continued downward spiral; suggesting a re-calibration of strategy – yet blinded by hate, the Prime Minister cannot see the sobering new political landscape emerging. By remarkable stroke of Divine Providence, before the hater-in-chief might internalize the swiftly changing horizon, and strategize accordingly – he was rushed to the Queen’s feast, this time in squalor and total disarray!
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