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D''vrei Mordechai

by Reb Mordechai Rosen z"l
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What does Hashem Elokecha ask from you, but to fear Hashem Elokecha and to walk in His ways? (Devorim, Perek Yud, Pasuk Yud Gimmel)



"V'Gam Charvonah Zachur LaTov". The Gemara in Megillah (Daf Tes Zayin, Amud Alef) relates that Charvonah was a Rasha, an acquaintance of Haman, and a participant in the evil plot to kill Bnei Yisrael. When he saw "how the wind was blowing" and realized that Haman's plot was falling apart, he changed sides, and told Achashveros about the tree that Haman had set up to hang Mordechai.

Knowing this, why is it that in Shoshanas Yaakov we say, "V'Gam Charvonah Zachur LaTov" - and also Charvonah we should remember for good? It could be said, yes he was a Rasha, but he changed sides and his revelations helped to bring about Haman's downfall. So, we should remember him.

But there is also a deeper meaning to be found. The Megillah quotes Charvonah, as saying, "Gam Hineh HaEtz," also here is the tree. What we should remember for good is the words of Charvonah - beginning with "Gam." Had Charvonah not changed sides and spoken up at that moment - Haman might have been able to find a way to defend himself against Esther's charges.

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