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When G-d Is Hidden

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When G-d Is Hidden

A deeper look at the heroine of the Purim story, whose very name means “hidden” in Hebrew.
Esther, Scroll of Esther, Purim, Lubavitcher Rebbe
When G-d Is Hidden
Disc 124, Program 496

Event Date: 14 Adar 5732 - February 29, 1972

The story of Purim has several important characters, most prominently Mordechai and Esther. The book of Esther relates that Mordechai provided the strategy for bringing about the miracle, while “Esther followed the instructions of Mordechai.”

Still, the Torah records the story in the book of Esther, not the book of Mordechai.

A deeper look at the heroine, whose very name means “hidden” in Hebrew, provides us with a clue as to why, along with an important life lesson.

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Orah Delray Beach, FL March 2, 2021

The story of Purim speaks to me on so many levels. It just happened to me again tonight when I saw this video. The first thing I saw (in almost disbelief) was that the Rabbi (of blessed memory) recorded this on the exact Purim of my birth (Feb. 29, 1972). And what else resonated with me? Esther's name means "moon." My maiden name means "follower of the moon." How does this specifically relate to me? I think it will take my entire lifetime to understand. What I realized today is like the moon we all hide and reveal ourselves based on our circumstances, and G-d does the same thing with us. Esther had fearless faith. Even if G-d was hidden, she prayed and risked her life and even her soul (for who needs a soul if it has no G-d as home?). Even if she had no proof of G-d, she still prayed and did what was right based on her fearless faith. Only at the end was the miracle revealed, G-d does exist and was there all along, just hiding. Reply

hadassah alabama February 25, 2021

hi this is too deep for a child to understand Reply

Rev Owen Murphy March 3, 2015

The paradox of hidden G_d Thank you for the teaching of Megillah that G_d can be hidden, which in itself can be concealed. In theology we often hear of the transcendence of G_d, but rarely that G_d hides himself deliberately. The beauty and wisdom of this teaching in particular is the added mystery that the concealment of G_d is itself concealed - a paradox within a paradox, like a Celtic knot.
Blessings and happy ponderings Reply

Mosha Mordicia NYC March 2, 2015

Wow deep stuff Reply

jesse kaellis New Westminster March 2, 2015

Schneerson This was truly an extraordinary and remarkable man. I want to hear more of his lectures. Reply

Anonymous mb March 13, 2014

this helped me understand the whole state of existence and process we are undertaking in reconciling the essential G-d with his revealed and concealed levels....fantastic Reply

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