For if thou are silent at this time, then relief and deliverance will arise to the Jews from another place, but thou and thy father’s house will perish; and who knows whether thou have come to the royal estate for such a time as this?
Mordecai’s famous words to Esther inspire her to courageously step up and defend the Jewish people. Mordecai does not say, “if you are silent now, then we are all doomed,” because he knows that the God of Israel will never foresake His people. Instead, Mordecai empowers Esther to take a leading role in the redemption, and not sit quietly on the sidelines as it unfolds. In every generation there are those who threaten the existence of the nation of Israel and the Land of Israel. In the end, God will defend His people and His land, but it is up to every individual to decide if they will stand up like Queen Esther on behalf of Israel or not.
On Purim we read the powerful story found in the Book of Esther, one of the five Megillot (Scrolls) in Scripture. Journey through these five Scrolls with insightful commentary and a special focus on the Land of Israel. This single volume contains the texts of all five scrolls: Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and Esther. While each has its own unique content and style, they all offer insight into the connections between the Children of Israel and God, the Land of Israel and the Torah. Includes the full, original Hebrew text with clear English translation.
Thanks to our reader, Frank LaPorta, for submitting this incredible photograph of a sunset over one of Israel’s bodies of water. Can you guess which one?! Send me an email or post your answer on Facebook!
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Dear Rabbi, Reading the messages each day helps me understand more about the Children of Israel, their lovely country and also more about my own self. Thank you for those outstanding photographs and messages which go to your very soul! Robin – from Cape Town, South Africa.
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