the festival year

Nevertheless She Persisted: a Purim Tribute for Women’s History Month

By Rabbi David Evan Markus

This trope mash-up of Esther and the 2/7/2017 Congressional Record (“nevertheless she persisted” silencing of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren) commemorates Purim and Women’s History Month at a time when society especially needs brave truth tellers to hold back the tide of hate.

Purim affirms Esther’s stand against official silencing, abuse of power, misogyny and anti-Semitism. At first an outsider, Queen Esther used her insider power to reveal and thwart official hatred that threatened Jewish life and safety. We celebrate one woman’s courageous cunning to right grievous wrongs within corrupt systems.

The archetype of heroic woman standing against hatred continues to call out every society still wrestling with official misogyny, power abuses and silencing. For every official silencing and every threat to equality and freedom, may we all live the lesson of Esther and all who stand in her shoes: “Nevertheless, she persisted.”



Builders’ Blog

Our Builders’ Blog is coming soon! It will feature a curated flow of posts by innovators, thinkers, teachers, rabbis, laypeople, and most importantly do-ers, exploring innovation in Jewish life. Our goal is to dig into questions such as:

  • What’s happening in Jewish life today that’s exciting, compelling, meaningful, and real?
  • How do we know when something works?
  • What makes innovation meaningful? What makes a “good” innovation? What makes a lasting innovation?
  • What are people building now to contain and further their yearnings for a Judaism that is yet to be?

Stay tuned for our roster of contributors and for the first posts sometime in early 2018.