11/12/2007

Book of Esther: Chapter 9 (Updated study)

(Note: To read the third chapter of this book, please click on the following link: http://www.breslov.com/bible/Esther9.htm#9. This way I hope that you will be able to follow, and understand the study much easier.)

It has been told us that we on the day of reckoning at the end of times will be wandering around in sunshine, straight into a bright light. We will come out of our houses, and feel really free to be who we are. It is said that we won't have to be afraid anymore, that we will enjoy, and have a feast. Our fear will become a matter of the past, and our sorrows will be thrown away from our shoulders. Yes, the day will come that no evil shall find a place to hide anymore, no place to escape to, to find refuge from those who seek justice, upright justice that is. On that day, everyone, every Jew, will have the upper-hand against those who want to harm them, and even the sanctity of all life. It's even widely assumed throughout the entire world that goodness will also feel the heat of the moment, that good and evil will suffer, that there will be no place to run to once that day arrives. But, if we feel that way, then we can't really state that we do know Him who knows us. However, it's true that we shouldn't run because if we do, yes if we flee, then it will be a sign that we admit our guilt in a certain way, no matter if we are guilty or not. If we flee the scene, then we without doubt do show, do give the impression that we have something to hide for those who are about to ask that justice be served, no matter if their demand will be justified or not. Anyhow, this has by no means to be interpreted as a way of action when it concerns a matter of running for safety. If you can save your life and that of others against a natural disaster about to occur for instance by knowing a place where it will be safe, then do so, even when you would have no means whatsoever to defend yourself with against an assailant when this would be the case. Only, do know that no one can run away from the time that s/he is destined to die, that his/her body is about to succumb to the age of time, or other occurrences, even illness, unless G-d would be lenient to you in such a particular situation, as we know that He once did, that there's a precedent. And it has even been one that shows us that our G-d is a G-d of life, not of dead. Yes, that He wants us to live our life in body, mind and soul, as it being our destiny to do so, trying to fulfill our sacred and holy duty as a human being in a manner that it's supposed to be done.

It's therefore of utmost importance that we try to understand the matters correctly before we jump unto a conclusion made on wrong assumptions, perceptions which may pull us backwards instead of forwards to better times. After all, when a knowledge, a lesson, or a teaching would have been taught or presented incorrectly due to personal or even political/religious egocentric tendencies, then we know that it can take a very long while before it becomes rectified. This means that no one will move one step forward for as long as it won't occur, on the contrary in a worst case scenario. There will thus be no movement towards getting out of the circle, or rather the encirclement humankind has brought itself into, for as long as the irregularity, the flaw keeps hovering very firmly within the mind and thoughts of millions of people, maybe even in all of man's manner of thinking. And we will only become in the ability of bursting ourselves through it when we're willing to keep on learning, and not being afraid of accepting the light of our soul in this, till we have the matter straight because we only by acquiring knowledge rightly won't have to flee or to fear anymore. We will be standing steadfast on both our feet, even overcoming the atrocities that could have been, or become devised against us all, or against just one of us. Correct, sometimes there just needs to be only one person to give us the push we need most at the right time like Adom, Noah, Avraham, Moshe, and yes Esther and Mordecai did, but also many others, Jews and gentiles alike. Remember Moshe's father-in-law. When we have thus found the path of learning it just, then there's no reason to be shy anymore, just as queen Esther did. And in a way, this is what's being taught us here in this chapter as well. If nothing would have been done against Haman's decree, then it would have been interpreted in such a manner that would have given Haman and his supporters the right to do what they wanted to do. Everyone would in body and mind have come to agree with their point of view, but not with their soul's light. All citizens of the kingdom, even the king himself, except for the Hebrew/Jewish people, wouldn't have withheld their support because there would have been no alternative, no other option. But this is so true as well for what even happened during the time of Moshe. If he, nor the midwives wouldn't have stood-up against Pharaoh, then nothing would have stopped him from what he was about to succeed in, namely the assimilation of the Hebrew/Jewish people into the Egyptian mainstream. It would have had major repercussions for every generation of man that would have come thereafter. Hence, we maybe wouldn't be talking, or writing about Esther at all, not to mention Yisrael itself, or the Torah for that matter. It to a certain degree does tell us thus that we shouldn't fear change, that we shouldn't keep on accepting, and succumbing to the harassments so to speak when we, as G-d's chosen people of light, feel in our Hebrew/Jewish heart, above all mind, that we're really doing the right thing for all of humankind, and not just to please our ego. Yes, that we belief in our G-d, in יהבה (JHVH) because it's just!

A Judaic orthodox lifestyle can be regarded as the uppermost important lifestyle to live by as a Hebrew/Jew, but when it prevents people from moving on, then no one will beget a real tangible energy impulse to help him/her outgrowing the prevalent trend within his/her community without forsaking on the basic rules/laws that his/her community is founded on. S/He could even become in the ability of uplifting it by acquiring a higher level of faith in G-d when being given the room, the freedom of progressing into that direction. The same goes for every other Hebrew/Jewish community and their way of living their religious life, their vision/perception about religious laws, rules and regulations, and how to implement them, to abide by them. But when every community would succumb to a fear for change, then it could result into a situation whereas no one will want to listen to what Moshiach ben David would have to say when the moment we all await does arrive because certain things about the way they live at present won't have to be fulfilled anymore, like fasting for instance. That time is one of joy everlasting while fasting is a moment of sorrow we remember in this world. However, this is something that won't be needed anymore within the time and world of Moshiach for man will become reconciled with his/her pain. The suffering, when so, will be taken away from him/her. Every single soul will be freed from its captivity, from its chains. With some it will go easy while others will have it much harder to overcome their former lifestyle, their ego so to speak. Anyhow, no one will be left behind at the end. And only those who will keep being stubborn will have to settle with that what they tried to pour over their victims' heads. But this on itself does teach us again in how the story about Esther, even that of Moshe, has a very deep bond with what we are told to witness on the final day of reckoning whenever it may occur. It's thus most important for us to learn, but not to be afraid of going against the fear of our brothers and sisters when so for otherwise nothing will happen at all. Nevertheless, we can only do so when we're fully certain, and be ascertain of, that what we want to do is justified, is fully upright, and won't harm in any way the profound bond of the entire Hebrew/Jewish community with G-d, with His Torah. We cannot, and may not, G-d forbid, lessen our appetite in doing what is good for our soul, giving it all the strength it needs to change us into the person we truly are, and have always been for that matter, every man that is.

So we, thanks to what is stated above, do come to witness a very interesting manner of thinking. We have come to learn that many of the citizens of the kingdom have converted to the Hebrew/Jewish faith. We know that they most probably will have been descendants of the former ten lost Hebrew/Jewish tribes; and this is how we view it even today regarding our lost and loved ones. But here we are told as good as the same thing about the princes of the provinces, the satraps, and even the governors. They all had fallen in fear for the Hebrews/Jews. This fear caused them to stand behind them in their support for the decree that Mordecai had decreed so to nullify the one of Haman with. They did not convert however. As such, this fear should again not be taken too literally, just the same as it was for those of our brothers and sisters who did convert back to their faith. Hence, it's the same fear that we are witnessing here, the one of missing the boat, the window of opportunity that arose thanks to the steadfastness of the Hebrew/Jewish people against the hatred of the time, against those who wanted to harm them, and even many others. Remember that quite a lot of provinces of king Ahasuerus kingdom were in fact nations which had been conquered. They knew that the open door that was being opened for them shouldn't be kept closed because it would mean freedom, or at least a relative high form of autonomy, and respect for their very own culture. It above all meant that they would keep their humanity as a person. After all, they surely will also have remembered the freedom and peace the Judaic Temple in Yerushalayim had given their ancestors with regard to their belief, the sacrifices they brought to the Hebrew/Jewish G-d as an offering from a gentile to Him. Surely, these stories will have been told as well from generation unto generation within the gentile world of the region. It shouldn't thus surprise us at all that they joined and enjoyed this fear, as the other kind of fear was clearly one of sorrow while this one was one of liberation, of providence. But it at the same time does give us the impression that a lot of gentiles truly did want to embark on this boat because Mordecai's decree did gave everyone the freedom to choose between his and that of Haman, between being a person and just an object. And many came to the rescue of the Hebrew/Jewish community within every province. Yes, they tried to help the Hebrews/Jews in whatever way they could be of some help to them. We may therefore even assume that there will have been gentiles who killed some of the Haman supporters. This would of course put our study into a different light, as we are taught to belief that only the Hebrews/Jews did what they had to do to defend their homes, their family against the aggressors. Nevertheless, the amount of gentiles who joined the Hebrews/Jews has to be put also in relation with the great influence the leaders of the king's provinces had on their people.

In whatever way we will, or would want to perceive Esther's story, the outcome will always stay the same. However, it's most important that we do so rightly, in dignity, in honor, with utmost respect, and above all in a manner that justifies the cause, the trueness of what we are told, or rather G-d's hidden message behind it all, His light around us all, but even within once we accept it as our home to be. We therefore may not let us be taken aback by the seemingly harsh response to the events which are to become unfold before our very own eyes. It's not with our body, nor mind alone that we will come to understand the depth of the mystery, of what G-d has kept hidden throughout the literal revelations, even the historical ramifications of the time in question. Like with our Torah, we here too have to learn to read it with our soul. We have to give it the freedom to guide us without any pre-conditions attached to it. Our soul has to be given the room to immerse us into understanding the times in conjunction with the tribulations of the people in question, meaning every citizen of the kingdom, even their culture. Besides, man, above all the gentile, will have to make his mind free of any form of hatred whatsoever because this will blur his sight even more. True, in a world that has been known for its harsh reactions towards the Hebrew/Jewish people, it's not unthinkable that some would in any time want to read Esther's story quite differently, meaning in a way in which s/he does put him-/herself behind Haman's view, turning the entire depth of it completely upside down. These people would do so, as others in their likeness have done before, for the sole purpose of fulfilling the dream, the wish of all those who have wanted to erase the Hebrew/Jewish faith (Judaism), and the memory of the Hebrew/Jewish G-d, out of everyone's mind. They're the ones whom this chapter is speaking about, the remnants of a world that is bound to disappear into oblivion, not the people of the world to come. And the more the entire world of man will become taught into this matter correctly, and in a justified manner thus with regard to the Hebrew/Jewish people, the more this evil thinking by a man's ego will regress. It in no way at all does give us the leniency to be soft, to not be on our guard anymore. We all are well aware that the human mind of survival, no matter how wrong it could, or would be interpreted, will be tempted to make a last effort to turn the tide into its advantage. It's what is happening here, as it did happen in the time of Moshe too, and in so many other instances when a window of opportunity arose for man, all of man, Hebrew/Jew and gentile alike, to progress forward, to move again one step, or a few steps closer to G-d, to bring His world in our world, and ours into His.

Yes, we may never let us be put off guard till the final day of reckoning, for when we do so, then the power of those who have a completely wrong perception of what survival truly means will gain steam, gain momentum to turn their ideology into motion. And the more room we give it, the harder it will become for every upright person in this world to put it to a halt. It's just the same as when we would drive a car, namely the faster we go, the more time, and distance we will need to come to a full stop. Haman's decree had already a two months and ten days advantage before queen Esther and Mordecai became in the ability of trying to nullify it by their decree. They had to run fast, and it would take time before everyone could become swayed over into joining their camp, before their train could come to a full stop on the day in question, namely the 13th of the month Adar. Yeah, even when Haman was fast, Esther and Mordecai had to be faster. They had to let their inner personality become stronger, even strategy on a very short notice, which they succeeded in by the way. And they of course had the backing of the entire Hebrew/Jewish community within all the provinces. The entire Hebrew/Jewish nation will come to the support of their cause, to make sure that the people of the king's empire will come to know all the facts as how it really happened so that they can choose wisely between being humane, becoming freed, or still keep on following Haman's decree into a harsher enchainment, even enslavement in a manner of speaking. They had even the advantage of their forefathers great achievements like those of Avraham, even Moshe, information the people of the region were well aware of. Nevertheless did they become unable to sway everyone into their way of thinking, of seeing the matter with a clear eye, an eye of vision, even wisdom. No matter the hanging of Haman, and the king's weight behind everything that had taken its course of action, a ghost of revenge seemed to be following every move of these fringe of society. True, only Haman became hanged, not one of his children, nor wife as of yet. They seem to have been given the same chances/opportunities, of feeling remorse and change their way of thinking, letting it become more humane instead. It was thus of utmost importance for the Hebrew/Jewish community to be entirely unified in this, to be steadfast, and determined of what they wanted to achieve, for everyone knew that when they wouldn't act as advised by Mordecai vis-à-vis their assailants ideology, that no one within the world of the gentile would come to their rescue, on the contrary, people would want to start saving their own life, not realizing that they would be doing just the opposite.

The above entices us thus to find the reason behind the setback, the possible cause that would give us a plausible answer to the fact that still 800 people became killed in Shushan, and 75000 throughout all the other provinces, even the ten sons of Haman, namely Parshandatha, Dalphon, Aspatha, Poratha, Adalia, Aridatha, Parmashta, Arisai, Aridai, and Vaizatha. But we will have to take a step back into history when we want to find our answer. Then we will come to realize that even the people where to Haman belonged had become conquered. If they were exiled as well, only a debate on the matter could possibly clarify the issue. Nonetheless, the outcome won't change the fact that many of Haman's people will have settled themselves throughout the entire kingdom, to do business, or some other matter wherewith to sustain the livelihood of their family. It surely wouldn't surprise anyone that they could have belonged to a rich, perhaps even very rich clan/tribe. Some will perhaps have assimilated with members of other cultures as well. And such a revelation within queen Esther's book gives us even more room to explain, to reveal the possible reason of why the decree of Haman was written within a one year time schedule. Just like queen Esther and Mordecai had to try to sway the people into their camp, Haman's followers will probably have done the same without doubt. But it's clear, based on the outcome, that Haman didn't had much backing which could have served as a counterweight against not only the Hebrew/Jewish community, then as well the people who felt a deep connection with their plight, and this certainly after they came to realize everything that had happened as it happened, knowing that the king stood not behind Haman's decree. It shows us thus how great the appreciation and respect was for king Ahasuerus, in how the people thought about his reign, even that they were very satisfied. Clearly, the people of the kingdom saw him as a great man, a man not only with vision, but also with the capability of making wise decisions when the need did arise for them to be made. And the presence of queen Esther within the king's palace, even queen Vashti, will surely have served as some major valued input of richness to the wisdom that blew through the kingdom's air. Queen Esther became not only a beauty to the king, but also a light, a pearl of tremendous value now that she had let off her shyness. He wanted to give her everything she desired, and she would beget it, even from her King! But she was well aware that it was of utmost importance to keep standing with her two feet on the ground as well, and this in any time and place, even world. As said before, if everyone would have followed the wisdom, even the providence of humanity, then not one drop of blood would have had to be spilled within the entire kingdom.

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