Source Sheets on the Five Scrolls by Rabbi David M. Rosenberg
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Megillot I. Class 6. Esther ch 9:11-32 & ch 10 The Holiday of Purim & Conclusion to the Book
In this class, we conclude our learning of the book of Esther. Here, we focus on the establishment of the holiday of Purim. We consider the meaning of the holiday and of the book as a whole.
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Megillot I. Class 5 Ch. 8 The Second Decree & Ch. 9: 1-10 Self-Defense
(Ch 8) Esther beseeches Ahasuerus to cancel Haman's decree calling for the annihilation of the Jews of the Persian Empire. Mordecai, who has become prime minister, writes a new decree empowering Jews. (Ch 9, beginning) On the 13th of Adar, the Jews of Persia successfully defend themselves agains their enemies. Haman's ten sons are hanged.
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Megillot I: Class 4 Ch. 6 The Book of Records Ch. 7 Esther's 2nd Feast
The King's Book of Records - Haman's Downfall. What is the central element of Esther's heroism?
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Megillot I: Esther 4 & 5 Responding to the 1 st Decree; Esther's 1 st Feast
Chapter 4 and 5 shed a bright light on Esther's remarkable character. In these chapters, the turnaround from mourning to joy in the book of Esther begins.
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Megillot I: Sources and Commentaries
Resources for the Five Scrolls (Starting with Esther and Ruth)
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Megillot I: Class 2 - Esther 2 & 3 Mordecai, Esther, Haman
Chapters 2 and 3 of the Book of Esther introduce us to Mordecai, Esther, and Haman. Esther is chosen as queen to replace Vashti. Mordecai reveals a plot to kill King Ahasuerus. Haman becomes vizier and decrees the extermination of the Jews in the Persian Empire.
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Megillot I: Esther 1 Achashverosh
For the opening to this class on the Five Megillot (Scrolls), focusing on Esther (6 sessions) and Ruth (4 sessions): An introduction to the Scrolls; Introduction to Esther; discussion of Chapter 1 of Esther (Achashverosh)
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