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According to the Gemara Megila 15b Haman had 208 children. Why did they only hang 10 of them?

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Real answer: These were the ones who had instigated the decree by which Achashveirosh halted the building of Beis Hamikdosh soon after he ascended to the throne. Megilah 16a - Rashi quoting Seder Olam.

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Can you clarify your source? I think the Gemara/Rashi you're referring to is talking about Shimshi, Achashverosh's scribe. –  Seth J Mar 22 '11 at 12:25
    
Me'am Loez says the same thing, and gives as source references: Rashi, Maamar Mordechai, and Megillas Sesarim. –  Alex Mar 22 '11 at 16:24
    
dafyomi.org/index.php?masechta=megilah&daf=16a&go=Go What am I missing?? –  Seth J Mar 22 '11 at 19:27
    
Shimshai was the son of Homon (Rashi Ezra 4:8) Maharsha Megilah 16a –  Raffy Van der Vaart Mar 22 '11 at 19:50
    
also, look in the hagois habach on the first Rashi on 16a –  Raffy Van der Vaart Mar 22 '11 at 19:54
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In Ma'oiz tzur it says 'rov bonov'. Homon was very tall and Zeresh was very short so their children were Beninim. On Rosh Hashanna we say 'beninim: tluyim ad eser'.

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10 is not Rov of 208? –  Gershon Gold Mar 21 '11 at 19:57
    
How do you know he was tall and she was short? –  Gershon Gold Mar 21 '11 at 19:57
    
Probably from the name "zeres" –  Anon_2Kislev71 Mar 21 '11 at 20:19
    
It sounds more like a Purim Torah than an accurate answer –  Gershon Gold Mar 21 '11 at 20:22
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correct, Purim Torah –  Raffy Van der Vaart Mar 22 '11 at 9:54
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