Category Archives: Articles & Essays


Passover Eve 1995   Amichai Lau-Lavie   “Even if we are all wise, all educated, all as knowledgeable as our elders, all of us familiar with the whole story, even then we are obligated to tell the story of how … Continue reading

The Dress: A Purim Fairy Tale

June 2010 The dress, blue and billowing, appeared out of nowhere and vanished right back. Maybe it never really existed? The facts don’t matter much. This is a different kind of knowing. The dress, a perfect fit, taught me the … Continue reading

Understanding Esther

Chronicles of a Bible class   1. And it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, this is Ahasuerus who reigned from India to Africa, over one hundred and twenty seven provinces; (Esther 1:1, Soncino Bible)   Now it … Continue reading

Breaking the Matza

    We broke up on the day before Purim. A full moon later, I was not in the mood for a joyous Passover Seder. But the moon was full, the spring air clear, and so we gathered around a … Continue reading