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Yoram Hazony

Hazony is the award-winning author of The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture (2012) and The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel’s Soul (2000). He has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall St. Journal, on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and is currently filming “The Story of God With Morgan Freeman” for National Geographic. He is President of the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem, and Director of the John Templeton Foundation’s project in Jewish Philosophical Theology.

The Sound of Esther’s Silence

March 16, 2016, by

The belief in the eternity of Israel—that the Jews will be saved somehow no matter what—poses a challenge to Mordechai as he urges Esther to place her life in the balance for her people. For if “relief and deliverance” will surely come from elsewhere, then what possible reason can there be for Esther to act at