Amelia Dornbush

Recasting the Purim Narrative

Biblical stories have been told and retold to fit the present. The Exodus story and modern liberation struggles. Kierkegaard and the Binding of Isaac. Right now, the Purim story is neatly paralleled. We have an Achashverosh as the leader of our nation who appointed Haman as his chief strategist. A Jewish figure close to said ruler (daughter or son-in-law) could be Esther. Even the details, misogyny and love of beauty pageants, match.

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