Posts Tagged ‘ megillat esther ’

The King’s Wand

March 7, 2012
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scepter

One of the Talmud‘s oddest discussions has to be the debate over the length of King Ahasuerus’s royal scepter. At one point in the Purim story, Esther entered the king’s throne room to beg him not to put the Jews to death. According to the Megillah, when she did that, he lifted his scepter–a sign that permitted…

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The Whole Megillah

March 11, 2011
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The whole megillah

On Purim, it’s traditional to read Megillat Esther, the Scroll of Esther. This biblical book tells the…

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