Parashat Shabbat Zachor / ‘Shushan Was Perplexed’

The Book of Esther is a song of praise to the city as a form of human habitation, and with the intrigues, wickedness and kindness the city contains, as a microcosm of all existence.

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The first mishnah in Tractate Megillah of the Mishna opens with these words: “The Megillah [the Scroll of Esther] is read on the 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th of Adar – but neither before nor after those...