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Published on: March 10, 2017
Purim
Looking for Wisdom in a Deranged Palace

The story of Purim begins with a debauched, bloody-minded despot and ends with a triumph of solidarity. A tale of Persia in the time of the Second Temple, it resonates today.

Yehudah Mirsky, a former State Department official, teaches at Brandeis University’s Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. He is the author of the award-winning Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution (Yale University Press, 2014), and tweets @YehudahMirsky.
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