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Haman, the Magnificent Menace

Has there ever been a better bad guy?

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The Quiet Resistance of Queen Esther

Unlike the brave women in modern-day Iran who protest against wearing the hijab, Esther had to play a subtler game

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Mordechai: Snoop, Loafer, Busybody, Savior

The righteous hero’s superpower just might’ve been his gift for gossip

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Who Were You Really, Vashti?

Evil tyrant, proto-feminist, or blank slate onto whom we project our fears and desires

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The Political Genius of Ahasuerus

He might’ve been a hedonist and a cad, but the king, rare among leaders, knew how to listen

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Purim, Not Prejudice

A multiracial sanhedrin discusses the holiday and its costume challenges

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My Hamantaschen Challenge

When my mother-in-law died, the job of making cookies for Purim fell to me

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A Yiddish Purim Shpil in Tel Aviv

Rokhl’s Golden City:¬†Eritrean detainees read Isaac Bashevis Singer, and the mother tongue meets the mother-land

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