The Dawn: Political Teachings of the Book of Esther

The Dawn: Political Teachings of the Book of Esther

by Yoram Hazony
     
 

The Dawn removes the book of Esther from the realm of fairy tale, translating the biblical narrative's political thought into teachings of the utmost relevance today. It reveals Esther's ideas of the good state, how effective leadership makes decisions for the welfare of its people, and what modern-day Jews can learn about how to stand up to their enemies and

Overview

The Dawn removes the book of Esther from the realm of fairy tale, translating the biblical narrative's political thought into teachings of the utmost relevance today. It reveals Esther's ideas of the good state, how effective leadership makes decisions for the welfare of its people, and what modern-day Jews can learn about how to stand up to their enemies and maintain Jewish faith and nationhood even as God's face remains hidden from His people.

Editorial Reviews

Calev Ben David
A thoughtful, provocative, gracefully written, assiduously researched and elegantly argued piece of work...worthwhile and stimulating.(Calev Ben David, Jerusalem Post)
Norman Lamm
Hazony makes Megillat Esther come alive in a manner that is realistic and fascinating. Details which I had read again and again for the past sixty years, and which made no particular impression upon me, suddenly came alive with a significance that never occurred to me.(Norman Lamm, President, Yeshiva University)
Jeff Jacoby
The Dawn is extraordinary. Yoram Hazony reads the Book of Esther as it has never been read before.... Beautifully written, brilliantly reasoned, The Dawn is a mind-opener.(Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789657052068
Publisher:
Shalem Press
Publication date:
01/01/2000
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.41(w) x 9.48(h) x 1.03(d)

Meet the Author

Yoram Hazony is the founder and former president of the Shalem Center, where he is currently a senior fellow. He is the author of The Dawn: Political Teachings of the Book of Esther (Shalem Press, 1995) and The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel’s Soul (New Republic/Basic Books, 2000), and has written for newspapers and magazines including The New Republic and The New York Times. Hazony received his B.A. from Princeton University and his Ph.D from Rutgers University, and served as a member of the Israeli delegation to the Madrid Peace Conference. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and children.

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