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Why does the Megillah say "It happened in the days of Ahasuerus" — and not,"... in the days of Mordechai and Esther?"

The book concludes that it is "words of peace and truth." While there is truth when you look deep within the book, it had to be written in a way that preserved the peace. This book was ...
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Why does Rabba bar Mari in the Talmud quote Ben Sira as a part of “the Writings” when it is not in the Ketuvim section of the Tanakh?

Excellent Question! As far as I can tell, this was first asked by the Geonim (Teshuvos Hageonim Sha'arei Teshuvah 121, according to this article, it was asked by R' Nissim Gaon to R' Hai Gaon, and ...
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Why does the Megillah say "It happened in the days of Ahasuerus" — and not,"... in the days of Mordechai and Esther?"

I'd happily add that Megilat Esther tells the story of Jews in galut (גלות). In the גלות we lower our heads, trying to survive. In the גלות, we are not the big story, but rather trying to survive in a ...
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Neviim and Ketuvim in 1-2 volumes

There is a very nice option from Koren Publishers with the commentary of R Steinsaltz, which is a digest of all standard commentators (e.g., Rashi, Radak, Metsudat David). The commentaries are ...
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How could Ruth do yibbum if she converted only after her husband died?

Since all of Naomi's children had died, Ruth was free of the requirement of yibum and did not perform yibum with Boaz. Indeed, one of the reasons Naomi gave trying to convince Ruth and Orpah to leave ...
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