Queen Esther, a New Study Puts Intermarriage in Perspective
Publication Date: March 2008
Publisher(s): Jewish Telegraphic Agency (New York, N.Y.)
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Intermarriage; Jewish texts; Assimilation
Coverage: United States
In our retelling of the Purim story, we sometimes forget that our heroine was intermarried. The Talmud teaches that she was forced to marry the king, but there is no doubt that Esther lived a wholly secular life, virtually cut off from her Jewish community. Her disengagement has much to tell us about not only the intermarried today but about the challenges of contemporary Jewish life.
Jewish Telegraphic Agency, 3/17/2008