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Scroll of Esther, The: The book of Tanach describing Haman's plot to annihilate the Jews, Mordecai and Esther's successful foiling thereof, and the institution of the holiday of Purim. It is read every year on Purim.
The Holiday of Purim
Mordechai’s and Esther’s different roles in the Purim story, and their influence on the way in which the megillah was ultimately written and canonized as part of the Bible.
An interesting look at early manuscripts of the Megillah of Esther and its commentaries housed in the Bodleian Library at Oxford.
The Animated Purim Story
A virtuous heroine. A wicked villain. It’s the ancient, true story of Queen Esther, brought vividly to life in a delightfully educational way.
Laws, Customs, Insights
Prepare for Purim with a quick overview of a) the practical laws (halacha) of Purim, b) the Megillah story, and c) insights into the deeper meaning of the holiday.
Animated Highlights of the Megillah
Portions of the scroll of Esther, read as it is read in the synagogue on Purim. Translated and explained in English. (This video contains highlights from the full-length version available from the producers, DiDan Studio.)
A deeper look at the heroine of the Purim story, whose very name means “hidden” in Hebrew.
Watch and learn how a real Megillah is made as we visit a real Sofer - expert scribe.
The Baal Shem Tov explains the Talmudic statement, “One who reads the Megilah backwards, does not fulfill his obligation.” He interprets “backwards” to mean that one can read the Megilah following all the laws, with all the proper intentions, but at the s...
March 18, 1973 • Purim, 5733
Mordechai and Esther are the heroes of Purim, yet the Megillah is named only after Esther. And the initiative that the Megillah be included among the books of the Bible came specifically from Esther. Why is Esther given the spotlight, when her success dep...
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