Esther for Activists

Purim/Esther-Purim is a joyous Jewish holiday. The story of Purim is recounted in the Book of Esther, whose eponymous heroine plays the leading role in saving her people. The centerpiece of the communal celebration is the reading of the Scroll of Esther, the Megillah, in the synagogue. This is a raucous affair, with whoops, hollers, and noise being made every time that Haman’s name is mentioned, so no one can hear the name of this horrible evildoer.