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The Tabernacle Times
____ February 2013 ___________________ Shevat - Adar 5773 ___________________ Volume 8 Issue 2 ____

Esther, The Hidden One

Rabbi & Brenda

By Rabbi Jeremy & Brenda Storch

We will celebrate the feast of Purim on February 23, 2013. This holiday, based on the biblical book of Esther, is an appointed time to remember the victory of the Jewish people in Persia over the wicked Haman during the Babylonian captivity. Haman was an Amalekite, a descendant of King Agag, who like his forefathers sought to exterminate the children of Israel. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob remains "hidden" throughout the entire Book of Esther, but arranges the circumstances so that His people prevail over their enemy. His name is never mentioned, but His presence is felt.

Esther, the heroine of the Purim story, is a Jewish orphan who finds favor with a great

king (King Ahasuerus) and is elevated to the position of Queen of Persia. She too is "hidden." Her cousin Mordecai, who raised Esther, told her to hide her Jewishness upon entering the palace. The time came, however, when Mordecai pleaded with Esther to come out of hiding since the annihilation of her people was at stake. Most of you are familiar with Mordecai’s words: "Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish.

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