So often we read about how Queen Esther saved her people. Perhaps her strategic planning and execution of that plan had more far-reaching consequences. In this Midrashic Monologue, we meet Sarosh, one of the many silent servants in the palace, who went about their work with a cloak of invisibility, yet who heard and saw everything. Sarosh explains how Esther saved both her people and the entire kingdom. My name is Sarosh (meaning “obedience”), but I cannot remember the last t
How can I tell my beloved niece, Esther, that it may be time to step out of the existence I helped cultivate for her because her people need her help? It was dreadful enough that I upended her life and pushed her to leave her community and family. I did so to set her up with a better life than she would ever have had. And now I am asking her to upend her world yet another time.
My beloved niece followed my instructions and entered the king’s harem for the chance