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URJ Books And Music :: Adult Non Fiction/Text Study :: Esther: A Modern Commentary

Esther:  A Modern Commentary 
ISBN: 978-0-8074-1139-1

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Languages: English, Hebrew
Esther: A Modern Commentary

Translation and Commentary by Leonard S. Kravitz and Kerry M. Olitzky

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From the authors of classic commentaries on Lamentations, Jonah, Ruth, the Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, and Pirke Avot comes this new volume on the Book of Esther. Rabbis Kravitz and Olitzky shed new light on this familiar story by combining traditional rabbinic views and contemporary literary criticism to create a readable and relevant commentary. More than the centerpiece of Purim celebrations, Esther is unique in the biblical canon, and raises as many questions as it reveals answers. It is a rich source for text study, at Purim and throughout the year.

Author/Composer/Illustrator/Artist

Kravitz, Leonard
Olitzky, Kerry

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