Why did Mordechai merit to save the Jewish nation and become the second most powerful man in the world?
Because he waited by the gates of the palace for 5 YEARS, doing anything he could to protect Esther. And every day he stood there, he risked his life by not bowing to the wicked, idolatrous Haman.
Mordechai thus possessed the two qualities required of a true leader: unremitting devotion to others and unceasing strength of conviction.
R’ Yaakov bar Acha said: The Holy One of Blessing said to Mordechai, “Because you sought the well-being of one person, you will ultimately seek the well-being of an entire nation!” - Esther Midrash Rabbah, Milstein Edition
Image: “Mordechai, Esther and Ahashverus” from Le Livre D’Esther by Arthur Szyk
1. CAZETTE - SHE WANTS ME DEAD // 2. ROYAL DELUXE - I’M GONNA DO MY THING // 3. THE HOTDAMNS - WICKED GAMES // 4. CARAVAN PALACE // 5. 1941 - KLAYPEX // 6. IMAGINE DRAGONS - GOLD // 7. ROYAL DELUXE - I’M A WANTED MAN // 8. NICK NOLAN - MY WICKED BONES // 9. CARAVAN PALACE - MIDNIGHT
1: Stalk Dan and Phil
2: Ride the London Eye
3: Stalk Dan and Phil
4: Visit the Queen’s palace
5: Stalk Dan and Phil
6: Stalk Jack and Finn but mostly Jack since Finn is currently in NYC
7: Stalk Dan
8: Stalk Phil
9: Stalk Dan and Phil
10: Find Dan and Phil and kidnap them and bring them home with me
And if all else fails I’ll just find a hot British guy and ask him out.
The next morning Frigga came to get her alone. “Good morning Luv, how are you?” Erika’s smile was kind but forced. “Good Your Highness and you?” Frigga tilted her head smiling warmly. “I’m good. Please don’t worry Luv? Everything will be alright you’ll see.” Easy for you say she thought. “Let’s start by getting you some breakfast shall we?” The entrance to the Queens chambers was a large open room with a three tier flowing water fountain. Inside were two massive open glass doors stained with pale green vines and white flowers with steps leading to a long balcony. The view was high above the palace gardens overlooking the forest behind it. A table was set with patterned plates and tea cups, silver cutlery, and a small display of pastries, bread, jellies and fruits. All with a bouquet of fresh flowers and a servant standing by! “You must enjoy sitting out here it’s beautiful,” Frigga smiled. “Yes, I do. Would you like some tea?” “Yes please.” As Frigga delicately tried to explain the formal details of how she’ll have her own chambers while she and Loki courted, her appetite was minimal. By the time she was done there had been no mention of a wedding date which Erika took comfort in. “Your chambers will be prepared for you while your busy today Erika.” “Busy Your Highness?” “Yes. I’ve prepared a lovely day at the palace spa for you and tomorrow we will see the dressmaker where you will choose your own fabrics for new dresses.”