Politics in the Book of Esther

Takeaways From the Historical and Political Context of the Classic Purim Story The Book of Esther stands out from the Biblical canon in one important way: the name of God isn’t mentioned anywhere in the sefer. This is understood by many commentators as a hint at God’s behind-the-scenes role in the miracles of the Purim holiday. But […]

Professor Daniel Sperber of Bar-Ilan University

Archaeology and the Rabbis in Late Antiquity

Center for Israel Studies Hosts Scholars for International Two-Day Conference featuring “Talmudic Archaeology” An international conference organized by the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies (CIS)—“Talmuda de-Eretz Yisrael: Archaeology and the Rabbis in Late Antiquity”—attracted some 300 scholars, students and community members. Attending were more than 100 students from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, Yeshiva […]