Heroes & Villains. Saints & Fools. These characters populate literature of all kinds, from contemporary culture extending back to sacred texts and storytelling traditions. On this Sunday, November 16, tune into a special exploration of this subject, in a one-day, round-the-clock, open-to-everyone learning opportunity for everyone, no matter where you are! Don't miss this free chance to engage with Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz and more luminaries of learning.
And they'll even have at least one non-luminary-who-may-still-have-something-to-contribute, as is evidenced by the fact that I'm co-teaching a session with Accidental Talmudist and filmmaker Salvador Litvak. We'll be schmoozing about control of the media, shaping the message and how the megillah's characters wielded their power to connect and communicate...open to all!
Esther, Mordecai, and What Happens When Jews Really Do Control the Media
From the letters condemning the Jews to the letters that saved them, most of the Purim story depends on written messages. It’s no coincidence that the Persian-Medean kings drew much of their power from a precedent-setting communications system – the same system Mordechai and Esther needed to control in order to save the Jewish people.
Join Accidental Talmudist Salvador Litvak and writer/consultant Esther Kustanowitz for a discussion about cautious speech, responsible media practices and the power of the written word, through the lens of Purim and the Book of Esther.