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To the best of my knowledge there is no indication in Megillas Esther or in the talmud that Mordechai conferred with any of the sages at any point during the events leading up to the undoing of Haman.

I would like to know if there is any indication by any commentator that Mordechai did in fact seek counsel and if not, to know why he was making decisions which would effect the entire Jewish people without consulting with the Sanhedrin, a prophet, or anyone else.

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not mentioned ≠ didn't happen –  Yirmeyahu Dec 23 '13 at 20:20
@Yirmeyahu depends if it is reasonable to assume it should be mentioned. It doesn't mention that Mordechai washed negel vasser either. But for mega decisions I think it is reasonable to ask why there is no mention, even in chazal that anyone other than Mordechai (and Esther) were involved. –  please remove my account Dec 23 '13 at 20:24

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He was the only Jewish leader still in Bavel at that time, since the Temple in Jerusalem had already been rebuilt. So to really answer your question, he was not making decisions that affected the entire Jewish people. Just most of them, since only a minority went back to Israel when the temple was rebuilt.

http://koltorah.org/ravj/15-24_Why_is_Megillat_Ester_Written_in_Such_a_Secular_Style.htm http://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/757407/Rabbi_Ezra_Frazer/When_Did_the_Purim_Story_Happen-_Chronology-_Aggadah-_and_a_Modern_Orthodox_Educational_Challenge_ http://www.ypt.co.il/eng/tora_show.asp?id=50382 http://www.aishdas.org/avodah/vol11/v11n022.shtml

See Rashi and Ibn Ezra on Ezra regarding the idenity of kings and timing of Ester. and the baal hamor on Rosh Hashana 3b regarding dating tanach in general.

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Moshe, that is a midrash. You can check every timeline book you want, you will see that Ester is after the temple was rebuilt. –  avi Dec 24 '13 at 8:45
Moshe, this IS the teaching of chazal. The fact that you are reading midrashim out of context and ignoring Tanach is not my problem. See here: ypt.co.il/eng/tora_show.asp?id=50382 –  avi Dec 24 '13 at 8:49
@Danny Those pesukim are about a different person named Mordechai Bilshan. avi is not making this up. This is a very public and well known and well documented idea even if many Jews don't talk about it because they find it awkward just how absurdly strong the evidence for it is. –  Double AA Dec 25 '13 at 13:41
@DannySchoemann Again. Do not confuse Midrash with fact. When Chazal tell us that two people are the same people, (when clearly they are not), they do so to teach us a lesson about names and goals and personalities, rewards and punishments. Not to teach a historical reality. –  avi Dec 26 '13 at 8:12
@DannySchoemann The links are more than sufficient to convince you this idea exists. If you want to learn more about the technical arguments of each side you'll probably have to look deeper. Here's another link btw to throw in the mix seforim.blogspot.com/2013/02/… –  Double AA Dec 26 '13 at 8:37

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