|Secrets of the Scroll of Esther|
A sofer, scribe, diligently works on a handwritten Scroll of Esther (Shutterstock).
|Written instructions were dispatched by couriers to all the king’s provinces to destroy, massacre, and exterminate all the Yehudim|
Esther 3:13 (The Israel Bible™)
וְנִשְׁלוֹחַ סְפָרִים בְּיַד הָרָצִים אֶל־כָּל־מְדִינוֹת הַמֶּלֶךְ לְהַשְׁמִיד לַהֲרֹג וּלְאַבֵּד אֶת־כָּל־הַיְּהוּדִים
Hear the verse in Hebrew
ve-NEESH-laks s’-fa-REEM be-YAD ha-RATZ-eem el KOL me-DEE-not ha-me-LEKH le-has-MEED la-ha-ROG u’-la-a-BAYD et kol ha-ye-HU-deem
The Book of Esther does not explicitly state what the People of Israel did to deserve the threat of annihilation. In historical context, the Jews of Shushan were guilty of not having returned from exile to the Land of Israel when they had the opportunity to do so. The King of Persia allowed the Children of Israel to return to their homeland and rebuild the Holy Temple. A mere 42,360 Jews returned to Jerusalem while close to a million chose to remain in Babylonia.
The generation was therefore punished for their lack of enthusiasm towards returning to Israel. This teaches us the importance of making every effort to embrace the land and to physically return to it whenever possible.
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