The kingdom of man versus the kingdom of God

Two central charaters stand in stark contrast to the debauchery of the king and the evil of Haman.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
February 28, 2018 19:10
4 minute read.
HAMAN RECOGNIZES His Fate’ (produced between 1648 and 1665) by either the famed Dutch painter Rembra

HAMAN RECOGNIZES His Fate’ (produced between 1648 and 1665) by either the famed Dutch painter Rembrandt or his workshop. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Megilat Esther, which we read on the evening of Purim and on the following morning, tells us about the miracle that occurred about 2,300 years ago when the Jewish nation was saved from mass extinction.

Haman, the adviser to King Ahasuerus, who ruled over the Persian Empire, was angry at the leader of the Jewish people, Mordecai, due to the latter’s refusal to bow down before him. As revenge, Haman planned to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews in the empire in one day. But the salvation of the Jews was set even before Haman’s plan. Sometime before that, Esther, Mordecai’s niece, was taken to the king’s palace, and he chose her to be the queen of the empire. At great risk, she ingeniously managed to thwart Haman’s plan.

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