The Book of Esther is a Jewish Scripture, and can also be found in the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. This year, it is celebrated on the 15th of March, and is a time to give to charity, drink and eat with family and friends, and reflect on the courage Esther demonstrated in order to save her people. Many Jewish women believe it to be a day to celebrate feminism; others believe it to be a day of celebrating bravery of Jewish people in general. Whichever reason you choose, it certainly raises a good few ethical questions in the classroom. Is intelligence more important than beauty? Is it right to stereotype people? Should women use their looks to get what they want?
TrueTube have provided an assembly script packed full with information about the traditions behind this celebration. In addition to the engaging narrative of the story itself, you will find two film links which explore the ethical implications of the event and a PowerPoint presentation. All wrapping up a very memorable assembly for your students. Happy Purim!