The Dawn: Political Teachings of the Book of Esther

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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.

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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.

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789657052068
  • Publisher: Shalem Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 501,067
  • 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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction 1
Esther 16
1. Submission and Rule 10
Esther 221
2. Political Favor 26
Esther 341
3. The Enemy 44
4. The True State 48
5. Idolatry 60
6. Disobedience 69
7. Joseph 83
8. Amalek 93
9. Anti-Semitism 104
Esther 4114
10. Pressure 117
11. Court Jew 123
12. The Decision 135
Esther 5144
13. The Plan 147
14. The Reaction 152
Esther 6155
15. Power Shift 160
16. Downfall 165
17. Allies 168
Esther 7174
18. The Last Appeal 177
19. Political Power 187
Esther 8201
20. The Jews' War 204
21. The Morality of the War 211
Esther 9231
22. The Festival 235
23. Politics and Faith 242
Notes 264
Scriptural and Rabbinic References 298
Index 307
The Hebrew Esther Text 313
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