Abraham’s example is so compelling because he had the chutzpah to bargain with the Lord on behalf of the people of Sodom.
Therefore the Jews of the villages who dwelt in the unwalled towns celebrated the fourteenth day of the month of Adar with gladness and feasting, as a holiday, and for sending presents to one another.
Esther’s decision to risk death to avert the annihilation of the Jewish population of Persia stands as a heroic model for all people of biblical faith.
With the resurgence of anti-Semitism, the Old Testament book of Esther provides a strong reminder that those who devise plans to harm the Jewish people do so at their own peril.
God set the stage. But, the players still had a choice as to whether they would fulfill their destiny.