Help From Above
Mordechai had gone into exile voluntarily prior to the destruction of the Temple. He foresaw the events which lay ahead and went to Babylon before his people. As a result of this, he did not harbor the same fear of the nations as did the rest of his people. His was not only a physical freedom, but an inner spiritual liberation, one whereby he lived the truth that only G-d was a force on his life.
His was not only a physical freedom, but an inner spiritual liberation, one whereby he lived the truth that only G‑d was a force on his life.”
The same applies to Esther, albeit in a different way. Her father had died before she was born and her mother in childbirth. Now whereas a child tends to rely on a parent, and even into adulthood may unconsciously expect their parent to retain the role of problem solvers, an orphan turns to G‑d, our Absolute Parent. Esther too relied solely on G‑d.
These qualities in both Mordechai and Esther are prerequisites to help from Above, for G‑d helps a person who knows that He is the only source of redemption. An obvious question presents itself. It is in G‑d’s power to help anyone, so why does He require our prayers and desire our knowledge that what we receive is Divinely ordained and given?
From Esther Unmasked, Chapter 2, “Mordechai and Esther: Embodiments of Leadership and Self Sacrifice”
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