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The Book of Esther

Esther's story is exciting, romantic and disturbing. Set in the lavish court of the Persian king 2,400 years ago, this tale takes readers through the dramatic ups and downs of our heroine. It also provides an early example of the anti-Semitism that has threatened the Jewish People ever since. But is there actual history in this story? And why did many ancient Jews and Christians oppose its addition to the Biblical Canon?

Our course will travel through the text in English translation and also explore the world of Esther during the Persian Empire. We’ll sample some ancient alternative additions to the text and even take a look at Esther’s ‘movie midrash’: how Hollywood has interpreted the story over the decades.

This course will be available to registered students at no extra charge via Adobe Connect online distance learning. Students may attend live in the classroom, live online or anytime via recording.

Schedule

# Sessions
5
Date & time

Tuesdays, February 6 - March 6
7:00 - 8:30 pm

Location
Tuition
$50 for the public
$40 for members
Session Time Days Location Instructors
Feb 06 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue Temple Sinai Rabbi Ruth Adar
Feb 13 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue Temple Sinai Rabbi Ruth Adar
Feb 20 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue Temple Sinai Rabbi Ruth Adar
Feb 27 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue Temple Sinai Rabbi Ruth Adar
Mar 06 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue Temple Sinai Rabbi Ruth Adar

Location

Temple Sinai

2808 Summit Street

Oakland, CA 94609

510-451-3263

Instructors

Rabbi Ruth Adar

Rabbi Ruth AdarRabbi Ruth Adar's passion is making Judaism accessible to beginners from all backgrounds via classroom teaching and home practice. Rabbi Adar holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Tennessee, an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago, and an M.A. in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. She is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Rabbi Adar has been a resident of the Bay Area since 1986. She blogs as the Coffee Shop Rabbi at http://CoffeeShopRabbi.com.