Waldman, a young, curly-haired bespectacled Jew (who also wrote Megillat Esther
, a 2006 biblical graphic novel).
In the days preceding purim and on purim itself, we read three times of the struggle of the Jewish people against the forces of evil, personified as Amalek: first, in the special maftir from Deuteronomy 25 read on Shabbat Zachor (the Sabbath when we are admonished to remember Amalek); next, in the halfarah for Shabbat Zachor, from chapter 15 of I Samuel, which tells of the Jewish people's war with Amalek under the leadership of King Saul; and third, in Megillat Esther
, where the Jews' enemies are identified as descendants of the Amalekite King Agag, who appears in chapter 15 of I Samuel.
The Book of Candy is given its title to echo the biblical Book of Ruth, or the Megillat Esther
, the Book of Esther.
Speaking after the reading of Megillat Esther
(the Scroll of Esther) in honor of Purim Thursday night, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that he was thankful to Israelis and world Jewry "for their support of my speeches in Washington.
Me'inyaneha shel Megillat Esther
," in Hadassa Hi Esther, pp.
But the Purim massacre of Palestinian worshipers at a mosque in Hebron some years ago by a literalist of Megillat Esther
conflates reality and dream, folklore and fact, harmless wish-fulfilling fantasy and hideous deed.
Karaoke-style PowerPoint presentations will accompany the reading of Megillat Esther
by the chazan in 200 synagogues throughout North America this Purim, in order to make the Megillah reading easier to follow for the elderly and the hard of hearing.