Sources: Esther 4
Course Description: Whose in? An Exploration of Mishnah Megillah: In this Pardes Daily Challenge, we are going to learn through mishnayot in all four chapters of the tractate Megillah in preparation for Purim. While the beginning of the tractate focuses on the reading of Megillat Esther, the focus of the holiday, the tractate also moves beyond the narrow confines of Purim to look at the overall laws around public Torah readings, public prayer and the sanctity of the synagogue. Between the spaces of legal discussion emerge a few consistent themes– how do we include more people into our community? How do we present sacred texts when language creates a barrier to comprehension and meaning? Who counts when we build community and how do preserve the holy space that invites the Divine to reside within?
Host: Rabbanit Nechama Goldman Barash
Producer: Amira Mintz-Morgenthau
Podcast Editor: Evan Feist