Joy Is … Celebrating Purim

Happy Purim! Esther is the heroine of today’s Jewish holiday of Purim. Her name means hidden and is very metaphorical of the tremendous concealment of spiritual light in the terrible, yet victorious story of Purim. Esther was a Jewish orphan who grew up to be an extremely pious and modest woman in Persia in 4th century BCE. When King Achashverosh had all the girls of Persia and surrounding lands brought to him so he could choose a wife, she hid in her home, hoping to escape marrying this barbaric brute. The king’s officers found her and brought her to the palace. The divine plan was that it was her whom the king chose from thousands of girls. Little did Esther know that a spiritual tikkun (fixing) was taking place through her. She was the reincarnation of Chava (Eve) and also needed to rectify a grave mistake made by her ancestor, King Saul.To make a very long story short, it was through Queen Esther that the entire Jewish nation was saved from the evil death plans of Haman (reincarnation of the serpent), second in command to King Achashevorsh.

Esther and the holy Jewish sage, Mordechai, recorded this historical story – fittingly named the story of Esther (Megilos Esther) – to be read aloud from scrolls. Up until the decree that all the Jews in Persia and the surrounding lands were to be slaughtered, no one was aware of how fate could be turned around. And yet it was.

Following the theme of concealment, G-d’s name is not found anywhere in this holy writing of the story. How could that be? G-d is all over Jewish writings and yet these two holy people did not include the divine in their book. The reason is that they chose to hide G-d in the scroll just as G-d’s hand was hidden during this time in history. It is a passed down in tradition that in many places of the megillah when the word King is mentioned it refers to Hashem (G-d). It is amazing the Jewish mysticism of the orchestrations of the divine.

And so it is today, most often it is difficult if not impossible to see G-d in this world. It is considered a time of double darkness with all the crazy happenings of this present time. And yet for those who are willing to look behind the scenes, they can see G-d’s hand everywhere.

May we merit to awaken within ourselves true divine consciousness and reveal the supernal G-dly light that already exists.

13th day of the Jewish month of Adar – the month of Joy