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Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom

Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom

Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom has been a dynamic educator in the Los Angeles area since 1985. His ability to reach out to today's youth and share with them his passion for Jewish learning has enriched many young lives.

The OU’s Nach Yomi: Megilat Esther (Part V)

March 19, 2008, by

The OU’s Nach Yomi presents Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom on Esther. Covering Megilat Esther, Chapter 2 (vv. 7-21). In the next part of the megillah we are introduced to Esther, the heroine of the story. We are told of Mordechai’s relationship to her, & to what extent he has influence over what she does, even after she becomes […]

The OU’s Nach Yomi: Megilat Esther (Part IV)

March 19, 2008, by

The OU’s Nach Yomi presents Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom on Esther. Covering Megilat Esther, Chapter 2 (vv. 1-6). In the megillah crisis leads to resolution leads to crisis. Achashverosh is portrayed as never taking responsibility or making decisions. At this point in the megillah we meet Mordechai. For part 1 click  here For part 2 click […]

The OU’s Nach Yomi: Megilat Esther (Part III)

March 19, 2008, by

The OU’s Nach Yomi presents Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom on Esther. Covering Megilat Esther, the remainder of Chapter 1 (vv. 13-22). Achashverosh’s insecurity as ruler manifests itself in the way he reacts when, at the culmination of his long party, Vashti refuses to make an appearance. For part 1 click here For part 2 click here For […]

The OU’s Nach Yomi: Megilat Esther (Part II)

March 19, 2008, by

The OU’s Nach Yomi presents Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom on Esther. Additional introductory remarks and commentary on Chapter 1 verses 5-12. Several examples show that there seems to be a clear program on the part of the text’s editors to make sure Megillat Esther avoids direct mention of God’s name. For part 1 click here For […]

The OU’s Nach Yomi: Megilat Esther (Part I)

March 19, 2008, by

The OU’s Nach Yomi presents Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom on Esther, Chapter 1. Introduction to the Megilah and commentary on 1:1-5. Rabbi Etshalom discusses the canonization of Esther, how chazal viewed the book, general issues of understanding the megillah, & takes a look at the opening section. For part 2 click here For part 3 click […]

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