The Navi Journey - Megillas Esther
BY: Rabbi Ilan Ginian
The world prepared for the decree that called for the end to Hashem’s holy nation.
It was a decree that was known in the heavens and the earth. The passing years in exile were counted, eagerly waiting to see if the Jewish nation would rise again and return to their land and rebuild the Beis Hamikdash. Those who hoped that the prophesy for their return to the holy land would be a lie now looked toward a new date, a date of annihilation. Haman rejoiced when his lottery for extinction fell out during a time of the year that their greatest leader was taken from them, the month of Adar, and it was also the month that even the Jewish people had suffered from the plague of darkness in Egypt. But in the end, it was the downfall for he and his people, and only light for the Jewish nation. It was a radiance that stemmed from a heartfelt teshuvah that even mirrored the devotion that was expressed by Har Sinai. Such a tremendous teshuvah was initiated, which brought on tremendous closeness between Hashem and Yisrael that caused the entire decree to be eradicated.
The heavenly influence that was procured during these days is showered down upon Yisrael every year during this time, as this closeness is awakened. The days of Purim are celebrated with simchah and tefillah, as the heartfelt tefillos are so powerful during this time that it can bring down the nation of Amalek and bring forth the coming of Mashiach immediately!
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