From Darkness to Light: Video for Purim 2021

Purim retold, weaving tradition’s Book of Esther with actual transcripts from modern politics and news events ripped from the headlines. Join Rabbi David Markus and Bayit for this audiovisual remix of Purim’s timeless journey of empowerment and transformation from hate to joy and darkness to light.


Esther 2021: From Darkness to Light from Bayit: Building Jewish on Vimeo.


Text sources:

  • Megillat Esther
  • Transcript of Remarks, President Donald J. Trump August 15, 2017
  • Transcript of Vice Presidential Debate, October 7, 2020
  • “The Hill We Climb,” Amanda Gorman, January 20, 2021
  • Inaugural Remarks, Vice President Kamala Harris, January 20, 2021

Downloadable PDF:

From Darkness to Light [PDF] – This English manuscript is marked with trope (cantillation) marks for chanting.


(Also don’t miss The Lot of One Year: Liturgy, Poetry, and Art for Purim 2021.)



Trope and text mashup by R. David Markus. Video editing by R. Rachel Barenblat.

#VisualTorah Book of Esther from Steve Silbert

From builder Steve Silbert comes this piece of Visual Torah: a one-page version of the Book of Esther, which will be read later this week at Purim! One of the mitzvot of Purim is to hear the megillah read aloud. Delving into Steve’s Visual Torah version can offer another doorway into the text, its meanings, and its relevance today. Chag sameach!