Purim: Divine Concealment in the Book of Esther

Posted by Michael Hattin on March 11, 2014
Topics: Pardes Live, Esther, Purim


Megillat Esther is the only book in the Tanakh that does not contain even a fleeting mention of God’s name. We will consider this anomaly against the backdrop of the Megillah’s plot, in which intrigue and ambition seem to leave little room for divine intervention.


About Michael Hattin

Michael teaches Bible and Halakha at Pardes. He holds a professional degree in Architecture from the University of Toronto and rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He teaches Chumash and Prophets as well as Halakha at the Pardes Institute. For many years Michael authored the weekly online publications Introduction to Parasha and Lessons on Prophets for the Virtual Beit Midrash of Yeshivat Har Etzion, reaching a combined readership of several thousand. Click here to read more.

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