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Kenneth Cohen

Salvation Will Come

The story of Purim carries with it important lessons that are relevant to us today. The dialogue between Mordechai and Esther, is one example.

When Mordechai becomes aware of the evil plot of Haman to destroy all of the Jews, he sends his niece, Esther, on a critical mission. She must go to the king and plead for her people. She first expresses an unwillingness to go, for fear of being put to death. She would be defying the order of the king, to come without permission.

Mordechai tells her that perhaps this is the reason why she was chosen to be queen. And if she will not step up and fulfill her mission, salvation will come to the Jewish people via a different messenger.

This is the critical point made by Mordechai. He was confident that the Jewish people would defeat their nemesis. It was not possible that when the Jewish people were so unified in prayer and repentance, that their prayers would not be answered.

It is perfectly in order for us to have similar confidence in our ultimate victory over Hamas. Aside from the unity that still exists (despite the efforts of the media and certain opportunistic politicians), there is the incredible faith and bravery of our soldiers. The sacrifice of so many beautiful, heroic soldiers, will not be in vein. With Hashem’s help, great salvation awaits the Jewish people. We already know who the heroes are of our current struggle. It only needs to play itself out. Wouldn’t Purim be an auspicious time for us to celebrate again!

About the Author
Rabbi Cohen has been a Torah instructor at Machon Meir, Jerusalem, for over twenty years while also teaching a Talmud class in the Shtieblach of Old Katamon. Before coming to Israel, he was the founding rabbi of Young Israel of Century City, Los Angeles. He recently published a series of Hebrew language-learning apps, which are available at www.cafehebrew.com
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