Missing References

Megillat Esther: Letting Text Tell the Story

Rabbi Hayyim Angel

Rabbi Hayyim Angel



In Segment 1, Rabbi Angel introduces Megillat Esther as one of the most well-known books in the Bible, explaining that its familiarity also leads to difficulty in differentiating between the pshat and drash of the text. Rabbi Angel elaborates by showing examples of missing information and references within the text that most readers do not notice, such as what exactly the story is about (showdown between ancient enemies and/or punishment for assimilation) and why Mordecai refuses to bow.