3/13/14

Rabbinic Gedolim Condemn Esther and Ban Purim

Ten Orthodox rabbis of the Agudath Israel Of America issued a proclamation condemning Esther and banning Purim. They are pictured above, Rabbi Simcha Bunim Ehrenfeld, Rabbi Yitzchok Feigelstock, Rabbi Dovid Feinstein, Rabbi Aharon Feldman, Rabbi Yosef Harari-Raful, Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetsky, Rabbi Aryeh Malkiel Kotler, Rabbi Avrohom Chaim Levin, Rabbi Yaakov Perlow, Rabbi Aaron Schechter.

Voz in Neis posted their unanimous proclamation:
It is reported that a letter is circulating, called Megilas Esther, that has conferred “royalty” upon a woman, has described her as a consort to the King of Persia where she carried out certain traditional queenly functions, and has given her the title of “Queen”. The king has implied in this letter that the bestowal of this title is designed to “make it clear that Esther is a full member of the royal staff, a royal person with the additional quality of a distinct woman’s voice.”

These developments represent a radical and dangerous departure from Jewish tradition and the mesoras haTorah, and must be condemned in the strongest terms. Any book or letter that ascribes special qualities to a woman in a respected position of any sort cannot be considered kosher. Megilas Esther furthermore mocks men, portraying them as drunks, egotists and schemers. And finally any celebration based on that book, such as the derivative festival of Purim, that recognizes the heroic role of a woman in public life, must be banned.

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