Purim / Am I My King’s Keeper?

The imposition of a xenophobic mindset on the Bible is foreign to its spirit, and this foreignness is expressed by both Rabbi Judah and Rabbi Nehemiah, who present biblical figures whose fate merged with that of the gentiles around them.

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When Mordecai hears that two of King Ahasuerus’ chamberlains, Bigthan and Teresh, are plotting to assassinate the monarch, he immediately notifies his niece, Queen Esther, who passes on the news to her...