The festive holiday of Purim commemorates Israel’s salvation from extermination by the mighty Persian Empire, some 2500 years ago. Jews in Israel and all over the world celebrate Purim on the 14th day of Adar as a time of “Light, Gladness, Joy and Honor for the Jewish people” (Esther 8:16).

On Purim, lacking visible clarity in the form of open miracles, the Jewish people trained themselves to listen.

We learn from the story of Purim and from the hero Mordechai in particular that a leader must follow his convictions, regardless of the ratings.