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Rosh Hashana: Your Majesty

Over the past two weeks, the world has been consumed with talk about the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest living sovereign and former Queen of England who died after nearly 71 years on the throne. The preoccupation by hundreds of thousands of people from all different cultures, ethnicities, and countries with Queen Elizabeth’s death elicits curiosity when one considers the relative irrelevance of the British monarchy to most of them. In fact, fairy tales the world over have historically been built around royal figures, and children imagine themselves as princes and princesses, kings and queens, even in cultures and societies where there haven’t been monarchs ruling for centuries. What is it that we find fascinating about these characters that so enraptures even those of us who have never seen these people in our lives or had any real connection to royalty as a tangible, meaningful construct?