This class explores the subtext of the historic Royal Ball that opens the story of Purim. Although stolen sacred chalices deviously set the scene for sinful indulgence, alcoholic abuse isn’t encouraged as a relatively benign volume of wine is served and nobody is pressured to drink beyond their limits, notwithstanding the incredible variety available. Going far beyond the Talmudic take, we transcend the ballroom ambiance to reveal profound spiritual messaging encoded into the carefully worded scriptural text.

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