The Talmud is concerned with man himself, and not only with the social consequences of his actions. Scattered throughout Talmudic literature, we have therefore a description of the ideal in human character. It is inspired by the religious and moral values which are taught in Talmudic Judaism.
One of the central figures in the Purim story is Mordechai, the leader of the Jewish people of the time. During their time of trial, Mordechai demonstrated profound courage and Jewish pride, in that he refused to bow to Haman, the implacable enemy of the Jews. At the same time, though, he was not too proud to gather up the small children and pray with them.
In observance of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, I present wisdom from the Talmud, a sacred text of the Jewish faith.