A New Look At The Purim Story

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purimThe story of Purim is one of seduction and intrigue. On Sunday, March 9, Temple Beth-El will welcome noted author and biblical scholar Sandra E. Rapoport, who will explore the story of Purim through the eyes of its heroine, Esther.

You will learn about Esther: where she came from; her allure as a woman; the men in her life; and her gut-wrenching choices. Come away with an appreciation of why the Scroll of Esther, a book that makes no mention of God’s name, was ultimately accepted into the Hebrew biblical canon, and remains a very modern and vital tale for all Jewish women.

Rapoport is an attorney, author, teacher, and inspiring speaker on biblical topics. She is the author of Biblical Seductions, which won the National Jewish Book Award Finalist Prize and was designated a “Top-Ten Bestseller” by the Boston Globe.

A former litigating attorney specializing in sexual harassment cases, Rapoport retells the Bible’s stories through the lens of its female characters, giving voice to those who are portrayed only sparely in the text.

The morning will begin with a light breakfast at 10 a.m., followed by the lecture at 10:30 a.m. This program is sponsored by the Sisterhood of Temple Beth-El and is open to the entire community. RSVP to the Temple Beth-El office, 516 487-0900, ext. 110.

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