Megillat Esther – a Historical, Political, and Psychological View

By: Rabbi Dani Bauer
from Kohelet Yeshiva High School

Interdisciplinary Integration

Subject(s) of entry:
History, Tanach, Psychology, Political Science

UBD - understanding by design, Constructivist, Constructivist, Socratic Method

Grade(s) to which this was taught:
9th and 10th

Grade(s) for which this will be useful:
9, 10, 11, 12, High school

Over the course of Megillat Esther, we learned about how psychology, history, and political theory can change how we read the story. With basic information from a political theorist, some analysis of fascist leaders, and some basic principles of psychology, we tried to understand the motivations of the characters in Megillat Esther.