Appropriately Timed

So at least I’m going to talk about one book at the right time! One of the ones we got yesterday was Purim and the Persian Empire: A Historical, Archaeological, & Geographical Perspective by Rabbi Yehuda Landy. (Purim, for those who don’t know, is celebrated in most of the world this coming Sunday, but in Jerusalem on Monday.) I haven’t yet had the chance to do more than skim through the pictures and a couple of their captions, but it looks like it’s going to live up to the title. It’s beautifully laid out, with fabulous photos from museums around the world, as well as archaeological sites in what was the Persian Empire.

I expect to be reading this over Shabbat, and if the text lives up to the quality of the production values, I’ll learn a lot more about Jewish and world history of the time. The book even has the megilla (plus translation) in a nice large clear font at the back, so I might well take this to shul if I haven’t finished reading it by then. (I like to arrive with enough time to get settled before the actual reading starts.)


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