The story of Purim is thrilling and exciting. As the textbook lesson in G-d’s constant, though unobtrusive vigilance and protection of His people, the miracle of Purim is the Jew’s wellspring of faith in times of exile and danger. Let us not forget that it was the first exile after more than eight centuries in Eretz Yisrael, and bewildered Jews wondered if Hashem had cast them off for good! Then came the climax — the proof that miracles take place beneath the surface and that the bonds connecting G-d and His people can never be cut.
Megillas Esther tells only part of the story. The rest is in the Talmud, Midrash, and the classic commentators. If we could only pull all the disparate sources together into one flowing, coherent whole, we would have not only an absorbing and inspiring lesson in faith, we would enter the spine-tingling world of Mordechai and Esther