This piece was written for the Shalom Center’s Purim to Pesach blog feature “a daily comment on the meaning of Pesach” by a different author each day.
The book of Esther is famously one of only two books in the Jewish Bible within which God’s name is not mentioned. God’s absence is felt from the beginning of the book as we are introduced to King Ahasuerus, who rules over the vast territory from India to Ethiopia, and whose leadership style includes holding a banquet for his nobles and governors for more than one hundred and eighty days, in order to display the vast riches of the empire and to elevate his own glory. Royal wine flows into golden beakers with abandon.
This image makes me think of our globalized world today, as we consume Continue reading Fasting for the courage of those in power.