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March 15, 2011 by

The Whole Megillah–Lilith Style!

And now, for your reading pleasure, a new way of thinking about Purim from Lilith’s senior editor, Rabbi Susan Schnur, in a four part series:

Our [Meaning Women's] Book-of-Esther Problem

From Prehistoric Cave Art to Your Cookie Pan: Tracing the Hamentacsh Herstory

The Womantasch Triangle: Vashti, Esther and Carol Gilligan (A Developmental Look)

The Once and Future Womantasch: Celebrating Purim’s Full Moon as “Holy Body Day”

Enjoy, and share your own Purim reflections below.

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  • Louise Esther Rothstein

    I composed poetry on two Queens of Purim
    Please honor both of them on Purim Eve.
    Let us bring timbrels-
    Or something akin:
    We danced with those in the long,long,ago

    New finger cymbals-small makers of music-
    And shake them in honor when Vashti appears
    Because
    Had the Queen’s courage failed:
    We would have had Haman …
    Without any Esther.

    And our Queen Esther should also be honored.
    We should sound handchimes when Esther appears.

    Nobody does such a thing in my family.
    I only do it within my own mind.

    Will someone change such a bleak celebration?

    Honor two Queens upon this Purim Eve…?

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  • Larisa Barnes

    To Louise Esther Rothstein
    thank you for your poetry, it is great to hear Vashti recognised! At our earliest Purim parties here in the rainbow region of NSW in Australia, we always recognised her as an early feminist mentioned in the Torah (along with Shifra and Puah at Pesach)! It was controversial, but necessary – I certainly don’t want my little girls growing up thinking it is wrong to say ‘no!’
    Happy Purim! May the sounds of timbrels, cymbals and handchimes beautify your celebrations so your wish for honouring the two Queens is granted.
    Larisa Barnes

  • SKinGN

    This, then, is the result of claiming that women can be rabbis. Actually, this is the result of claiming that The drivel of liberals worthy of any serious consideration.