Things are Not Always as They Seem

Masks have a long history in the world's culture, and they play an important role in the Purim story.

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The matter of women masquerading and the prohibition against them appearing wearing masks is today a subject whose economic, social, halakhic [Jewish law], and feminist aspects are being extensively researched.

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Dr. Pnina Galpaz Feller, teaches Bible and Ancient Studies at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies. She is the author of Exodus: Reality or Illusion, and most recently, Women Be Upon Thee, Samson.