The story of Purim demonstrates how much power women wield. Yossi Zamir/Flash90
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Purim: Men Only Think They Rule the World (Part 2)

What does the story of Purim teach us about the true power wielded by the women of the Bible?


In Part 1 we saw how Esther did not want to know anything about the troubles going on outside the king’s courts. She was happy to go along with whatever the king asked and content to live like a quiet and pretty wall flower, safe within the palace walls.

When her uncle Mordechai finally gets through to her that not only the Jewish people are in grave danger, but that she herself would be held responsible for whatever happens, the queen finally responds.

“Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” (Esther 4:16)

Suddenly, the young beauty queen becomes a real queen giving instructions to Mordechai and the entire Jewish nation. And they...