The Devash Megillat Esther

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By – March 18, 2024

The Devash Megillat Esther is a treat for the eyes and a way to com­plete the Purim expe­ri­ence. It includes the full tra­di­tion­al text of the Book of Esther, print­ed in a font that recalls a Megillah scroll. The book also con­tains trans­la­tions into Eng­lish, direc­tions for the syn­a­gogue read­ing on Purim, com­men­taries on rel­e­vant ancient rab­bis, and excerpts from the Tal­mud — a ver­i­ta­ble feast of Purim study, knowl­edge, and enter­tain­ment. Analy­ses of Achashverosh and expla­na­tions about why Esther was giv­en her name pro­vide an excel­lent exer­cise in high-lev­el think­ing. Illus­tra­tions are in full col­or and are rem­i­nis­cent of sto­ries set in a Per­sian palace.

Although this book is packed with infor­ma­tion, its over­all design makes it acces­si­ble to mid­dle-grade read­ers and adults alike. Any­one who is look­ing for the com­plete Purim pack­age will be delight­ed to find this com­pre­hen­sive, user-friend­ly book.

Michal Hoschan­der Malen is the edi­tor of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A for­mer librar­i­an, she has lec­tured on top­ics relat­ing to lit­er­a­cy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.

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