Menachem Bluming Muses: Purim Clarity

The Persian Empire of the 4th century BCE extended over 127 lands, and all the Jews were its subjects.

When King Ahasuerus had his wife, Queen Vashti, executed for failing to follow his orders, he arranged a beauty pageant to find a new queen. A Jewish girl, Esther, found favor in his eyes and became the new queen, though she refused to divulge her nationality.

Meanwhile, the Jew-hating Haman was appointed prime minister of the empire. Haman convinced the king to issue a decree ordering the extermination of all the Jews on the 13th of Adar, a date chosen by a lottery Haman made.

Mordechai, the leader of the Jews and Esther’s cousin, urged Esther to plead with the king to save the Jewish people. He tells her that if not it will be her loss because G-d will find another way to save His people.

Listen to that incredible Jewish clarity! He did not say that if you do not intercede with the king we will all be annihilated; it will be all be over! Nothing of the sort. He was confident that the Jewish people will persevere, the question was only who would be fortunate enough to be the vehicle for the change of events.

When you see an ominous danger facing the Jewish people, do not be afraid. When the demise of the Jewish people is predicted you can ignore those predictions because G-d promises us that He will find a way to save our People.

The question to me and you is will we be a part of the salvation of our People from physical and spiritual peril or will we stand on the sidelines. Am Yisrael Chai – the Jewish people will live; what our part in that will be is up to me and you….

Happy Purim!

Mendel (Menachem) Bluming

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