Join Rabbi Rachel Bearman and Rabbi Paul Kipnes as they restore the voices of biblical women and men who have not been given the opportunity to speak.

The Silent Servant Speaks about Esther

So often we read about how Queen Esther saved her people. Perhaps her strategic planning and execution of that plan had more far-reaching consequences. In this Midrashic Monologue, we meet Sarosh, one of the many silent servants in the palace, who went about their work with a cloak of invisibility, yet who heard and saw everything. Sarosh explains how Esther saved both her people and the entire kingdom. My name is Sarosh (meaning “obedience”), but I cannot remember the last t

The Queens of Shushan

In this Midrashic Monologue, we allow Esther to explain in her own words how she understands & is inspired by the life and legacy of Vashti

Purim Perspectives

Mordechai How can I tell my beloved niece, Esther, that it may be time to step out of the existence I helped cultivate for her because her people need her help? It was dreadful enough that I upended her life and pushed her to leave her community and family. I did so to set her up with a better life than she would ever have had. And now I am asking her to upend her world yet another time. My beloved niece followed my instructions and entered the king’s harem for the chance

Vashti's Story

In the first chapter of Megillat Esther (the Book of Esther), we read about the life and the downfall of the sitting queen of Shushan, Vashti. The Tanakh tells the story of Vashti’s refusal to allow her husband, the king, to “display” her beauty to his friends and courtiers. Her refusal is given one line of text and is mentioned by the narrator rather than in her own words. In contrast, the next nine verses (which include several direct quotes from male characters) are dedica