Introduction• Definition of Jewish identity• What does it mean to you? – As a Jew – As a human
BackgroundJews are in exile after 1st Beit Hamikdash(temple) in Persia.Mordechai and Esther are the leaders of the Jews in the capitol of Shushan.Esther is taken as the queen for Achashverosh, the king of Persia.
SourcesHiding Revealing• - - • - -- - Esther had not made known for we are sold, I and my her people nor her kindred; people, to be destroyed, to be for Mordecai had charged slain, and to perish. But if we her that she should not tell had been sold for bondmen and bondwomen, I had held it. my peace, for the adversary is not worthy that the king be endamaged.
Discussion pointsDoes one hide their Jewishness if they are in danger? Ex. Esther hiding her nationality. - - -Or is it better to flaunt your Jewish pride? Ex. Mordechai going to the middle of Shushan.
The Importance of Role Models How do role models affect us? The relationship between Esther and Mordechai. -- - -
The Community as a Group• The Jews as a unit can either commit great sins, or achieve greatness. - -- - - - --