As I study for my bachelor’s degree in Law and Philosophy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, I also work as a research and teaching assistant for the department of communication as well as an assistant in the faculty of Law as an associate in a legal journal.

As a part of my work in “Da’at Hamakom”, I assist in the research conducted by Prof. Menahem Blondheim and Prof. Elihu Katz focusing on “Diasporic Communication”, and in particular, the existence of these ways of communication in the Book of Esther and the Jewish Diaspora.

Diasporic Communication is a field analyzing the way minorities and immigrants shape their identity and collective consciousness in regards to their alienated Diasporic surrounding, through communication taking place via unique rituals and practices and the adoption of varying world views. This consciousness may cause the exiled individual to feel alienated or oppose their foreign surroundings, and yet it may encourage them to assimilate within the environment or accept their circumstances.

The Book of Esther shows several examples of this kind of communication. The Book itself is rife with gender, religious, state and national communication networks as well as various means of communication which describe the way minorities or immigrants deal with their alien surrounding. At the same time the Book of Esther itself, as a paramount text in Jewish tradition, has shaped the national, universal and particular identities of Diaspora Jews in various times.