Friday, May 13, 2016

Omer 2016 Day 21: Vashti


Day 21: Malchut in Tiferet, Leadership in Beauty

"...when the king was merry with wine, he ordered Mehuman, Bizzetha, Harbona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven eunuchs in attendance on King Ahasuerus, to bring Queen Vashti before the king wearing a royal diadem, to display her beauty to the peoples and the officials; for she was a beautiful woman. But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king's command..." (Esther 1:10-12)
Traditionally, Purim is a celebration of Queen Esther, who replaced Queen Vashti after she was banished for disobeying the king. Today, however, there has been more interest in Vashti's story as a feminist and a rallying point for social justice. Rather than endure abuse from her drunken husband and his drunken friends, Vashti followed her own rules.