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Kabbalistically there is a lot of symbolism going on here The Rama M’Fano sees the 7 prophetesses as corresponding to the 7 attributes that God uses to relate to the world, to wit: Chesed, Gevurah, Tiferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod and Malchus. Avigail is among those 7 and represents the middah of Hod - commonly translated as glory. From this we can ...


It was R' Masya ben Charash. The Tanchuma (Chukas) relates the story you mention, except it says that he burned his eyes (he didn't stab them). The story is related in the Hebrew Wikipedia article (fn. 14).


The source is: אגדת אסתר ה׃ט See page 30 in http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/vl/agadatester/agadatester03.pdf

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