In the constant struggle to build a successful life, it is all too easy to be pulled down by hardship, dark recollections, terrifying fears, and sad thoughts flitting through one’s mind. One remains confidently focused on the task by treating each day as its own opportunity to achieve success and happiness.
This Thursday we celebrate Purim on which we read the Book of Esther. It opens:
And it was in the days of Ahasuerosh, he was Ahasuerosh who reigned from Hodu to Kush, one hundred and twenty-seven provinces.
The number 127 occurs only once again in all of Scripture—at the end of Sarah’s life.
And Sarah was a hundred and twenty-seven years old…
Ancient Jewish wisdom links the two occurrences. In Scripture, numbers have great meaning and if a number only appears twice, we need to note the connection between the two occasions.