Yonah and Megilat Esther
Things to consider:
Role of God
Leader take initiative?
Does the leader change?
Location of story
How is leader appointed?
Supernatural theology vs natura
Megilas Esther Worksheet
)Did the story of Purim take place during the first , the second or in the
between the two ( _ ? :)
of royal blood (Was he in line to become the next king)? _
ruled over _ countries, from to .
Were to close to each
God and Politics in Megilat Esther
Read the following two Gemarot.
Which halahkic principles are expressed? What do they teach us about the halahkic process?
And this was the oven of Aknai. What is meant by
the oven of' Aknai? Rav Yehuda said in Rav
1) Where & When does Megillat Esther take place?
a) In Exile, between two batei mikdash, after Cyris Cylinder
b) Compare Nehemiah 5:1-4 with events in Shushan in Perek 1
2) What are your impressions about this kingdom and/or king?
a) paranoid - showing of
And they stood under the mount:R. Abdimi b.
Hama b. Hasa said: This teaches that the Holy
One, blessed be He, overturned the mountain
upon them like an [inverted] cask, and said to
them,If ye accept the Torah, tis well; if not, there
shall be your burial.
Below is a chart of the chiastic structure for Perek Aleph, do your best to fill
this in with precision and clarity. When you are done, there should be one
pasuk that stands out as the literary climax of the narrative.
Chiastic Structure: Yonah 1:4-16
Chiastic Structure of Esther
Greatness of Achashverosh & Mordechai
Esther Identifies as a Non-Jew
Non-Jews Identify as Jews
Elevation of Mordechai
Fateful conversation of Mordechai &
Megilat Esther and the Tree of Knowledge
( ) In the verse: Is it [hamin] from the
( ) tree? Where is Esther indicated in
the Torah? [In the verse,] And I will
( ) surely hide [asthir] my face. Where
is Mordecai indicated in the Torah?
In the verse
Meaning Behind the Lottery
1. Read about the Yom Kippur service in Vayikra Perek 16
Explain the Yom Kippur Service. What role does the lottery play in the service?
2. Read the story of Shaul being anointed, Shmuel I Perek 10:16- 24
How is Shaul anointed?