Esther Ten: Leadership

The final chapter of the book of Esther is a grand total of three verses long, so this post will be short and sweet. I’m going to reflect on the final verse of this fascinating, chaotic book. “For Mordechai the Jew was viceroy to King Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews and accepted by most of his brethren; seeking the good of his people and speaking peace to all their seed (Esther 10:3).” This might be the most classic Jewish verse I’ve read in all of Tanakh. Thanks to Mordechai, the Jewish people are literally saved from destruction. He is the king’s right-hand man, and uses his power in the best interest of his people. And despite all of that, it specifically says that he’s accepted by most of the people. Classic Jews – even this seeming paragon of perfection doesn’t get universal approval, because 2 Jews/3 opinions isn’t just a tongue-in-cheek idea, but a real, visceral concept. It can be frustrating, but ultimately I think it’s a good thing that we as a group are hard to please, that we are self-critical, and don’t blindly accept our leaders.

With that, the book of Esther has come to an end, and tomorrow starts Daniel, a book I’m much less familiar with, so it’ll be exciting to see what happens. Reading this chapter means that I’m done with 829, and there are only 100 left to go in this project! It’s crazy that it’s winding to a close. I’m torn between what I should do Jewishly next, after this three year endeavor finishes. Would love to get feedback on my options – details to come!


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