Honesty, Attribution & Redemption

The Maharal of Prague Derech Hachayyim
herself…
There is a redemptive quality to the one who gives
correctly brings redemption to the world, as it is written:
proper attribution when he quotes people. For what is
And Esther reported it to the king in Mordecai’s name.
that person doing? He actually does an act of
(Esther 2: 22) The following questions come to mind: Why
redemption. For he returns the words to their rightful
do they assume that this is the reason that Esther led our
owner, and he takes that persons words which are now
redemption? Furthermore, the Holy One always responds to
in his control and he returns them to his rightful
one’s deeds in appropriate measure, so, what is the reason
owner by granting appropriate attribution. Similarly,
that proper attribution should result in redemption?
the redemption of Israel will happen, for they too were
One should realize that when the Holy One brings
under the dominion of others and by virtue of those who
redemption, the Lord wants people to know that He was
give appropriate attribution, Israel will be deigned fit
actively engaged, so people will not think that they by their
for redemption
own hand and by
when they too
their own wisdom
will be returned
they were
to her rightful
redeemed. This
owner, and
point is proved by
their rightful
what was written
owner is
regarding the
certainly the
Exodus from
Holy One. So, it
Egypt, as it is
is fitting that
written? “And let
such a person
Anyone who wrongly attributes something to
the Egyptians
will be the
another person causes the Divine presence to leave
know that I am
agent for the
the Lord…and
redemption and
from Israel. Anyone who attributes something
bring out them
Israel will be
out from the Land correctly brings redemption to the world, as it is
released from
of Egypt.”
the dominion of
written: And Esther reported it to the king in
(Exodus 7:5)
others to their
Mordecai’s name. (Esther 2: 22)
Therefore, if
rightful owner,
Esther had not
the Holy One…

When you learn, “Anyone who attributes something

B. Talmud, Kallah ‫מסכת כלה‬
‫וכל האומר דבר משם חכם שלא אמרו ממנו גורם‬
‫לשכינה שתסתלק מישראל וכל האומר דבר בשם‬
(‫אומרו מביא גאולה לעולם שנאמר )אסתר ב‬
‫ותאמר אסתר למלך בשם מרדכי‬

been the master of her character and attributed this action to the one
for whom it was appropriate, and instead had said God forbid, “I did
this brave act because I am so wise”, and she did this for her own
aggrandizement, Esther would not have been the appropriate person
to bring this redemption…but since she reported this act in the name
of Mordecai when it was possible for her to steal the credit without
anyone ever knowing, thus it was appropriate for the redemption to
come through her hand…and it was because of Esther that the King
Ahaseueras said, “What honor or advancement had been conferred
on Mordecai for this?” (Esther 6:3) And this verse indicates that just
as Esther would do this for Mordecai, so, too she would do it for the
One who would bring the redemption, and would not take credit

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