Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A Nation of Mordechais


Megillas Esther 3:6 “However, it seemed contemptible to him to send [his] hand against Mordechai alone, for they had told him of [Am Mordechai] the people of Mordechai”

It is said over in the name of Rav Itzele Blazer that at the beginning Haman’s plan was to force Mordechai to bow down to him. He wanted to do this because he realized that Mordechai was their leader and if he bowed then they would all ultimately bow down.

Haman eventually learned of ‘Am Mordechai’, i.e. Klal Yisroel, a nation that had a strong tradition and had stood the test of time. Only then, did Haman realize that even if Mordechai were to succumb and bow down to him, HIS NATION still would not. Jewish law dictates that if a Talmid Chacham violates the Torah he is considered to be a weak link in the congregation. If Mordechai were to make the decision to bow down to Haman, Klal Yisrael would immediately lose respect for him. Not only would they not bow, but they would become a stronger force than they had previously been. After coming to this realization, Haman refocused his hatred not only to Mordechai but to the Nation (Am) Mordechai as well.

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