Glossary beginning with V

Vashti

In the Purim story, she is King Ahashveros's first wife. In the first chapter of the Book of Esther, Quieen Vashti refuses to dance for the King and is banished. Long villainized, Vashti has been recently embraced by Jewish women as a contemporay feminist heroine for her defiance of the king.

Vidui

Lit. Confession.

A litany of one's sins that is traditionally recited on Yom Kippur, prior to one’s wedding, and on one's deathbed.

Synonyms: Viduiy