While the Books of Ruth and Esther each focus on a heroine, they depict very different pictures of Jewish life. The Book of Ruth is a vignette of the Land of Israel a few hundred years after the Exodus. The Book of Esther is a broad canvas depicting the Jewish people in exile and a...
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Even if you’re a serious student of the Bible, you might not know what the Book of Esther is doing there, in the Bible. Don’t worry though, nobody else knows either. Although it tells of near-tragedy, it is written melodramatically, almost as a farce; and it is very hard to read...
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Your rabbi is a banana. Your cantor thinks she'sJohn Lennon. And the entire congregation is singing Beatlestunes.
A nightmare? A parallel universe?
No, it's just Purim at Sha'arei Am: The SantaMonica Synagogue, and Rabbi Jeff Marx's megillah reading is just oneof many bizarre scenes...