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Studying with Ewa Gordon. Topic: Megillat Esther (Book of Esther) with Rashi's commentaries and Talmudic stories from the Tractate Megillah. Part 2.

19:00 h
19 Dec

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Megillat Esther with Rashi's and Talmudic Commentary.
Mordecai raised Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's daughter; for she had neither father nor mother, and the maiden was of beautiful form and fair to look on; and when her father and mother were dead, Mordecai took her for his own daughter.(Ester 2:7)

And he brought up Hadassah. She was called Hadassah and she was called Esther. Rabbi Meir says: Her name was Esther, so why she was called Hadassah (a name derived from the fragrant myrtle tree)? Since the righteous are referred to as myrtle, and so it is written.(Zechariah 1: 8)

And he stood among the myrtle trees. Rabbi Yehuda says: Her name was Hadassah, why was she called Esther (meaning "hiddenness")? Because she hid things [about herself], as it is written (2:20) "Esther had not yet made known her kindred nor her people." Babylonian Talmud, Megila 13a