The Fast of Esther – 13 Adar 5781

Esther petitioned King Ahasuerus to spare her people.  She, her maidens, and the Jewish people fasted for three days, before she approached the King.  She was risking her life, in doing so, because, no one could approach the king without permission.  Therefore, she was only emboldened to approach him, after fasting, with all of her people in support of her. 

Additionally, Mordechai, her uncle, encouraged her, saying, “‘Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews.  For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then will relief and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place, but thou and thy father’s house will perish; and who knoweth whether thou art not come to royal estate for such a time as this?’”  (Esther 4:13-14, JPS 1917 Tanach).

“There is no man who has not his hour, and no thing that has not its place” (Pirkei Avos 4:3). Queen Esther, was given her moment in time: “who knoweth whether thou art not come to royal estate for such a time as this?”  According to the Talmud, H’Shem arranges the remedy, before the sickness (anti-semitism).  We have Him to thank for our safety then and now.

Furthermore, we should not take that shield of protection for granted.  It would be good to renew our appeal and seek Him for refuge in all of our trials and tribulations, keeping in mind that He is the Source of our well-being, and continuance as a people. Let us remember Him for the good that is bestowed upon us during the entire year.  And celebrate Purim with joy.

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