Apologies for the infrequent attendance here in blogland. I was on a reporting trip in Florida last week, and am still catching up on things. Plus, I managed to get drafted (OK, I recklessly volunteered) to chair my temple’s Purim carnival, which, as you can imagine, consumes just a fair amount of time.
Speaking of Purim, I believe The Book of Esther is the only Bible story in which a) a Jewish woman intermarries and b) the intermarriage actually directly benefits the larger Jewish community, since Esther is able to use her standing with the king to rescue her people.
A few people (including me, several years ago ) have written about this, so I link to their articles: Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, in an article originally published in The Washington Jewish Week (no relation to the New York Jewish Week) and Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael.
Read, enjoy and chag sameach!