Friday, March 02, 2007

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A Crowning Achievement

by Akiva at Mystical Paths

In a shiur I heard many years ago, from the beginning years of HaRav Yissocher Frand, shlita, he pointed out, what's the crowing achievement of Mordechai HaYehudi (the Jew)? (And what other holy book ends this way???)

It is: he was Next to the King, he was the Gadol (senior authority - specifically nowadays a gadol is a senior religious authority) for the Jews, he was accepted by the majority of his brethren, seeking the good of his people, and spoke peace to all his decendents.

These are the crowning achievements of the Jew, least important to most important, he was powerful, he was an authority, he was well liked, he worked for the people, and he was able to talk to his kids and their kids!

It's late, I sit in my home, it's dark and quiet. The family is sleeping, the rain is dripping. I have no song to sing to Hashem, I am neither singer, musician, nor poet. But that's ok, I will not be judged for gifts I have not been given.

As I'm preparing to rest, I think, what can I offer to Hashem? Will I peek between the rain drops of the details and troubles of my life to understand true blessings? I may not be able to dance or sing, but I can post a thought. I am able to talk to my kids. And the Megillah tells us, that's an accomplishment worth noting for all time.

Thank you Hashem.

Purim Samayach! Happy Purim everyone! G-d willing, I'll be celebrating the holiday busily Saturday night and Sunday with my family, and don't expect to be posting until Monday morning. Blessed is Mordechai, Cursed is Haman, rash rash rash!

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