...two of the king’s…guardians…sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. And the matter became known to Mordecai and he told Esther, and Esther spoke to the king in Mordecai’s name. Why did King Ahasuerus favor Mordecai? Because when Esther relayed to Ahasuerus the plot to kill him – long before Haman was on the scene – she also told him that Mordecai was her source. On this basis our Rabbis taught “one who gives you credit to others, brings redemption.” Esther could have kept the credit, but she shared it with Mordecai. Esther’s act of honesty turned out to be the best thing she could have done for herself and her people – and so our Rabbis teach, the way to enjoy a measure of redemption is to credit others.