Reading the Purim story year after year sometimes feels just a little bit like being back in third grade. But when you look more closely, important questions pervade the megillah. Why did Haman describe the Jewish people so oddly in his request to have them killed? Why did Achashverosh plan huge, elaborate parties, and impetuously kill his wife? Why did Esther plan parties instead of telling Achashverosh what she needed? In this course, we will explore those questions and more, and uncover a richer understanding of the holiday, the book of Esther, and the meaning of it all.