is so much to discover in the story of Esther and Mordechai and Haman's
genocidal plot against the Jews. For centuries commentators have pored
over the words of Megillas Esther, creating a rich treasury of
explanation. Megillas Esther: The Answer Is...
draws upon these commentaries, helping us uncover the depth of meaning
in the Megillah's words, and giving us a unique perspective on the
world-changing events taking place in Shushan.
In Megillas Esther: The Answer Is... we
read the words of the Megillah together with the Alshich, Maharal,
Vilna Gaon, Chassidic masters, Rav Chaim Kanievsky, and dozens more
-over seventy commentaries, from Talmudic times and through today.
Why did Vashti refuse to
appear during the party? What really lay behind Bigsan and Seresh's
attempt to assassinate the king? What was the significance of
Achashverosh's signet ring? Why did Mordechai refuse to bow, thus
endangering his people? Why did Haman turn to Esther for clemency?
Important questions, all of these, and the commentators' many answers
give us a new understanding of the Purim story.
One of the most vital
themes of Megillas Esther is the idea of hashgachah pratis, Divine
Providence. In addition to the questions and answers, Megillas Esther: The Answer Is... features
a unique look at "Divine Providence in Motion," in which we get to peek
"backstage" at how G-d quietly intervened in Shushan's complex world to
ensure Jewish survival and victory.
Wondering how to make your Purim even more meaningful? Here's a quick answer: Read through the questions and answers of Megillas Esther: The Answer Is... and begin to truly comprehend the greatness of Purim's hidden miracles.