Comedy? Satire? Social critique? History? Explore through traditional and scholarly commentaries, a close reading of the text, and much more. The Book of Esther offers us deep insight into life in exile, gender roles, the nature of authority and power, the sacred notion of liminal spaces, and so much more. Arguably the most important work for an exploration of the challenges of life in precarious times, we will mine the text for its wisdom in our day and beyond.
Elianna Yolkut strives to help Jews at all life stages reach a deeper understanding of and connection to Judaism through challenging questions, dynamic study, and meaningful connections. Elianna is a thinker, writer, and educator who seeks new models for religious community building and fresh ways to teach Torah. She serves part-time at Adas Israel Congregation as the Rabbi in Residence of Lifelong Learning and is a community rabbi teaching and serving throughout the metro DC area. Ordained as a Conservative Rabbi in 2006 by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, she later served as an adjunct faculty member, while serving as Assistant Rabbi at Adat Ari El in nearby Valley Village. Elianna, who holds a BA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Sociology from Brandeis University, now lives with her partner and their three children in Washington D.C.