The unique verbiage employed to detail Mordechai’s descent into an exilic reality reveals much about the exemplary sensitivity, compassion and self-sacrificial concern he naturally exhibited for his people – possibly making the case for his ultimate inspired leadership. The “name-game” regarding the nascent Purim heroine is analysed next. Four deceptively simple explanations are offered; yet each is deeply profound in its own right. In unfurling their unique narratives an exquisite picture of Esther’s spiritual virtues, physical beauty and radiant personality are revealed –adding to our appreciation of her sacrifices, and the truly miraculous nature of the Megillah’s story.

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