i sat on the edge of my daughter's bed last night, just before turning in, and i thanked her for all that she had done that day and spoke of how carefully she had performed her tasks. And then, just before leaving so that she could turn out the light, i said softly, "Today was Purim. Meditate on Esther before you go to sleep." She nodded, receiving the invitation with sweet seriousness. Esther, these many years, has become a by-word for my daughters and me to consider the weight of responsibility that comes with being a woman. God has given every woman the gift of influencing men.
it is a good week to re-read Esther, i think.