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Jewish Holidays

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

March 26, 2008, by

The OU’s Nach Yomi presents Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom on Esther. Part 10. Achashverosh must have assumed that Esther had a major request if she risks her life by coming to the king uninvited. Haman’s reaction & how it fits his personality. Why does Esther use the 2-party scheme? For part 1 click here For part 2 click […]

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

March 19, 2008, by

The OU’s Nach Yomi presents Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom on Esther. Part 9. Mordechai & Esther’s react to the decree. We are told of their back & forth in which Mordechai tells Esther it’s time to reveal her identity & take action by framing Haman. For part 1 click here For part 2 click here For part 3 click […]

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

March 19, 2008, by

The OU’s Nach Yomi presents Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom on Esther. Part 8. Is the king just as interested as Haman in destroying the Jews? Did he know which meaning of the word “l’abed” Haman Meant? The disconnect between inside & outside palace. For part 1 click here For part 2 click here For part 3 […]

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

March 19, 2008, by

The OU’s Nach Yomi presents Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom on Esther. Part 7. Mordechai’s refusal to bow is presented as an affront to the king not to Haman. Why does Haman react the way he does? Why does Mordechai refuse to bow down? For part 1 click here For part 2 click here For part 3 […]

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

March 19, 2008, by

The OU’s Nach Yomi presents Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom on Esther. Covering Megilat Esther, Chapter 2 (vv. 22-24) and the beginning of Chapter 3. Bigtan & Teresh’s plot shows the king’s insecurity is real. How does Mordechai get his inside info. If the King is insecure why would he make everyone bow to Haman? For part […]

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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