Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Shushan, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maidservants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish. [Esther 4:16]
The example of Esther, for me, is that it is up to us to take a stand against the powers of destruction and hatred – even (and especially) when they are coming from people in positions of power. It is up to each of us to stand strong, even when faced with the possibility that we may experience humiliation, violence, and heaven-forfend, even death for doing so.
As for the fast of Esther, I think in a modern context it could mean giving up some of our own comfort and privilege in exchange for lifting our fellow humans out from the depths. And they are calling us, even as I type, to stand with and for them.
We cannot wait for divine intervention to stop the murder and mass incarceration of Blacks by racist police and a racist justice system. We cannot wait for divine intervention to stop the objectification of and violence against women in our society. We cannot wait for divine intervention to stop the bullying and murder of transgender people. And the list goes on.
Perhaps, like Esther, we are the divine intervention needed in our world today. The very lives of many people are depending upon each of us to step out of our comfort zone and take a stand in solidarity on the front lines. In Genesis 1:27 it says we are made b’tzelem El-him, in the image of G-d. So let’s own it and start creating that better world we keep praying for right now, even if it means illegally standing up to the king.