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Esther in America

Edited by Stuart W. Halpern 

Featuring contributions by Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, Erica Brown, Dara Horn, Liel Leibovitz, Tevi Troy and more 

Available on Amazon, Koren and wherever Jewish books are sold


The Esther Chronicles and Shakespeare's Henry VIII

Stern College for Women Adjunct Professor of English Dr. Shaina Trapedo

The biblical story of Esther, Jewish orphan turned Persian queen, permeated Renaissance material culture from poetry to paintings to tapestries. Esther’s position as both foreigner and sovereign—and her eponymous text's focus on performed identity, the relationships between hospitality and politics, and the importance of chronicling history—finds favor in Shakespeare’s eyes when he writes Henry VIII (1613) in collaboration with John Fletcher. Through verbal echoes and narrative parallels, Shakespeare seasons his portrayal of Henry's court and queen consorts with the Esther paradigm and uses the Megillah as a touchstone for examining the standards of political conduct ascribed to a country that hosts a racially and religiously diverse population.

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Lincoln & Esther: A Study in Statesmanship

The Straus Center presents "Lincoln & Esther: A Study in Statesmanship," a video essay based on Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik’s chapter in Esther in America.

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Haman in the American Revolution

The Straus Center presents "Haman in the American Revolution," a video essay based on Dr. Eran Shalev’s chapter in Esther in America.

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From the Palace of Shushan to Uncle Tom's Cabin

The Straus Center presents "From the Palace of Shushan to Uncle Tom's Cabin," a video essay based on Dr. Ariel Clark Silver's chapter in Esther in America

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Upcoming Videos

A Letter in a Scroll: Sacred Text and the Esther Exception

Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 PM EST | Rabbi Dov Lerner 

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