Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Week 52 (contd.): Esther and Bringing Redemption to the World

During this week, the quality needed to acquire the Torah is not only related to the previous week’s, “relating a statement in the name of one who said it,” but is also includes an additional quality of bringing redemption to the world. On Rosh Hashanah, the fate of the world is determined. We also ask to be redeemed in the merit of our ancestors and the righteous tzadikim.

The prophetess for this week is Esther, which is quite appropriate given that Esther is specifically mentioned in Pirkei Avot’s description above, showing how she exemplifies this quality. Esther is the last of the prophets, and she is also a queen. Her relationship to the king reflects our relationship with the King of the Universe. Our sages teach us that in the Megillah itself, whenever the word “king” is used by itself, it is actually a reference to G-d.

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