We are taught – “Mee Zeh Ya’amod Le’Chaper Shegaga” – who can stand up and correct a sin made in error? The answer is, Esther.
Shaul, one of Esther’s ancestors, had made a mistake in his life. He hadn’t killed a flock of animals, although he had been told to do so by Divine order. The end result was that Agag, the king of Amalek was left alive, for he had hidden in that flock of sheep. Agag then had a child, and so continued the nation of Amalek, allowing eventually for a Haman to be born into the world.
Have you ever worked with a child who is having a hard time doing something right? An example — your daughter decides she wants to fold her own tights. The more patience and love you have for the child, the more you will sit there and give the child another chance to get it right. If you have less love and patience, you just finally get exasperated, pull the tights out of her hand and do it yourself. That makes the child sad, because that child believes in her own ability to “get it right” and wanted to do it herself.
G-d has infinite love and patience. Yes, He can right all wrongs and do all jobs Himself. He has no need for us whatsoever. But He loves us. So G-d gives us in our lives amazing amounts of first, second, third chances, and even more chances, of getting something right. And even if we fail within our own lives, G-d doesn’t give up on us. He lets our children or grandchildren try again to finish up our uncompleted business.
One summer, a teen became an extended part of the family as my parents extended kindness to her in many ways. Many weeks later, in a random conversation about her ancestors, we discovered she was a granddaughter of some great-uncle. To my father, the most amazing part was that her grandfather had been my grandparents’ Shadchan [matchmaker] and had never been paid the customary matchmakers’ fee as times had been tumultuous and it had been overlooked somehow. It had bothered my grandparents that they never “paid their shadchan.” Now, years later, their son “paid off the debt” by extending hospitality and generosity to the Shadchan’s granddaughter.
Not always in life are things so obvious. Yet, we have to know that when opportunities come our way, when that particular poor person knocks on our door, when that neighbor asks for a favor and other such “random” events, that there is nothing random. If it was sent your way, that might be a way for you to right a wrong or to finish off what your ancestors first started.
Esther and Mordechai, two descendants of Shaul, got the chance to right a wrong that he had done. So this Adar, as we near Purim, enjoy life in every which way, and thank G-d for the drama in our lives that enables us to finish off any unfinished business.