Book Review | Purim and the Persian Empire

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Purim is coming (less than a month away) and everyone is making their Purim preparations. I can think of no better way to prepare than to buy and read Purim and The Persian Empire – By Rabbi Yehuda Landy.

Last year I bought this book right after Purim and was so thoroughly impressed that I said to myself that when the time comes next year I will promote this book and urge everyone to read it.

I know the author, Rabbi Landy from an incredible summer experience where he was the chief tour guide. We spent 5 weeks traveling the Land of Israel. Rabbi Landy is an expert in Tanach and very educated on archeology as well as Jewish history from a religious and secular perspective. Rabbi Landy is the absolute best “technical” tour guide I have had the pleasure of meeting.

In The Persian Empire, Rabbi Landy shows off his extensive knowledge of Tanach, Talmudic and Midrashic sources, archeology and history. The book provides a historical backdrop for the Purim story and Purim story comes to life. Read…