Hadassah

Purim Is a Story of Women Stepping Out of Line

Monday, Mar 9 2020

Rhoda Smolow, Hadassah National President

Hadassah National President Rhoda Smolow reflects on the power of Esther and Vashti in The Jewish Week, just in time for Purim. What if instead of seeing Vashti and Esther in terms of contrasts, we view them both as women who shared an important trait? Don’t miss this timely op-ed in the Jewish Week, “Purim Is a Story of Women Stepping Out of Line.” It begins:

What are we to make of Queen Vashti, who lost her crown and position because she refused to parade naked in front of King Ahasuerus and his courtiers? While the Midrash represents her as vain and wicked, some modern commentators say her resistance to male domination makes her a better feminist model than her demure successor and heroine of the Purim holiday, Queen Esther.

Please read and share the full op-ed now. 

Related Stories

alt_text

Monday, Mar 30 2020

Israel’s Goshen Project Offers Resources for Parents During Lockdown

Israel’s extensive lockdown has put parents into a surrealistic reality. At home 24/7 with their children, they are under strict government instructions to remain inside.

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Monday, Mar 30 2020

Despite COVID-19, Hadassah Convoy’s Fallen Are Not Forgotten

Hadassah Medical Organization staff, Israeli dignitaries, and the families of those murdered were scheduled to gather Sunday, the fourth day of the Hebrew month of Nissan

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Friday, Mar 27 2020

Experiencing Shabbat During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Patricia Levinson’s Shabbat column for Thrive Global explores Shabbat in the time of the coronavirus.

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Thursday, Mar 26 2020

Hadassah Magazine Discussion Group presents "Struggling with Infertility"

In conjunction with the current magazine cover story and in a lead up to Infertility Awareness Week in April, executive editor Lisa Hostein interviews Amy Klein, about her new book, The Trying Game: Get Through Fertility Treatment and Get Pregnant Without Losing Your Mind.

READ MORE ›

Donation Questions

donorservices@hadassah.org

(800) 928-0685

Membership Questions

membership@hadassah.org

(800) 664-5646

Israel Travel

israeltravel@hadassah.org

(800) 237-1517

Contact Us

40 Wall Street

New York, NY 10005

support@hadassah.org

More ›

Show More