Rabbi Stephanie Ruskay on “The Feminist History of the Jewish Holiday of Purim”
“The celebration of Purim has become something of a Halloween-like celebration for Jewish Americans. The holiday, which begins Wednesday night and commemorates the biblical story from the Book of Esther of how the Jews were saved from persecution during the time of the Persian Empire, is typically celebrated with costumes and cookies. But, though most of the main characters in the story are men—Mordechai, leader of the Jews; King Ahasuerus; and his evil anti-Semite adviser Haman—the story has also earned recognition for its perceived feminist message.”
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