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Esther 2:1, Question 2. Why does the verse imply that Achashverosh’s anger was not calmed?

  • Similar to yesterday’s post, the Midrash (Esther Rabbah 5:2) points out that the verse says “kisoch” (“like it was calmed”) instead of “bisoch” (“it was calmed”), implying that Achashverosh’s anger was not completely calmed.
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Esther 1:21, Question 3. Why does the verse say that Achashverosh acted “according to the word of Memuchan” instead of the more standard, “and the King did so?”

Rav Yaakov Lorberbaum of Lissa writes in his Megillas Sesarim that Achashverosh followed Memuchan’s advice in detail; he did not change a single word. Perhaps Memuchan’s use of the phrase “that he made” about Achashverosh’s decree in the previous verse indicates that he slyly convinced the king to think the decree was something he, himself, made; he made him think he came up with the idea. 13 more words


Esther 1:21, Question 2. Why does the advice seem good to the advisers?

According to the Malbim, although Memuchan’s advice would strip the advisers of their powerful role, they nevertheless agreed because they were eager to finally be masters of their own homes. 156 more words


Esther 1:21, Question 1. Why does the advice seem good to Achashverosh?

כא וַיִּיטַב הַדָּבָר בְּעֵינֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ וְהַשָּׂרִים וַיַּעַשׂ הַמֶּלֶךְ כִּדְבַר מְמוּכָן

21. And the word seemed good in the eyes of the King and the officers and the King did according to the word of Memuchan. 53 more words


Esther 1:19, Question 4. Why should Vashti not be seen again?

The Me’am Loez suggests that Achashverosh would be likely to change his mind if he were to see Vashti again. As noted last week, this would wreck havoc on Memuchan’s plan to control the king. 145 more words


Esther 1:19, Question 3. If we learned in an earlier post that the king needs to consult advisers before issuing laws, what is Memuchan suggesting here?

  • According to Rabbi Eliezer Ashkenazi in Yosef Lekach, Memuchan is suggesting here that the king abolish that custom stated previously regarding the king asking advice before any major decision.
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Esther 1:19, Question 2. What is Memuchan's motivation to have this event written down?

The Maharal suggests that putting the deed on paper will make it impossible for the king to go back on his word. We must recall that Memuchan is in grave danger if the king disregards his advice. 36 more words