With the photographers and television cameramen lined up along the barrier of the women’s section of the Western Wall, about 120 women in costume gathered in a colorful cluster around a podium to chant aloud the Book of Esther – that tale of the Jews in ancient Persia read every Purim. This is a story, after all, about some of the most subversive and progressive women of their day. First we meet Queen Vashti,...