Megillot Kohellet and Esther
In this class we will continue our reading of Kohelet (Ecclesiastes), begun last semester and then move on to Megillat Esther, traditionally read at Purim. New students who were not in this class last semester are welcome to join. We will look into the text and explore both the simple and the deeper levels of the words, using Midrash and other commentaries, and attempt to uncover the deeper meaning in the story of the megilla.
Megillot Kohellet and Esther: Lesson 12
A SLEEPLESS NIGHT, MOREDECHAI’S TRIUMPH: Why was the King unable to sleep? Why did Haman repeat ” the man who the King wishes to honor?” Why did the king order Mordechai to be rewarded so early in the morning? Why did the king order Haman to personally handle everything in contrast to Haman’s own suggestion that noble princes handle the details?
Rabbi Yehoshua Geller received Smicha from Rav Mordechai Elefant zt"l and the ITRI Yeshiva, where he was a Talmid for many years. He served as the Rosh Beit Medrash of the English Speakers' Program at the Jerusalem College of Technology/Machon Lev, Rabbi Geller has also taught at Yeshivat Yam HaTalmud and Yeshivat Hamivtar. Rabbi Geller holds an M.A. in Hebrew Studies.