There is a famous joke told of a man desperately looking for parking in midtown Manhattan. After twenty minutes of circling as the moments tick by, he lifts his eyes heavenward and promises, “G-d, if You help me find a spot, I will donate ten percent of my profit to charity.”
Just then, he notices a place opening up just ahead of him. “It’s okay, G-d,” he says. “I managed to find a place without You.”
This Saturday night and Sunday, we will once again listen to the reading of the book of Esther. On the surface, we’ll simply hear a fascinating tale of coincidences. Ahasuerus decides to replace his wife; it just happens that Esther is chosen to be the queen; Mordechai happens to be at the right place at the right time to save the king’s life; and Haman seems to run out of good luck just in the nick of time.
But, in truth, G-d is behind it all. In fact, the sages of the Talmud associate the name of the book, “Esther,” with G-d’s hiddenness. Because He is there just below the surface, making sure everything happens just in time.
May G-d grant that we each perceive His presence in our lives. Always.
The Chabad.org Editorial Team
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