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At the 2014 International Bible Contest for Adults (חידון התנ"ך הבינלאומי למבוגרים תשע"ה) televised finals1, celebrated grammarian2 Dr. Avshalom Kor (אבשלום קור) posed this question among a series of short vignettes about "Ma'oz Tzur" that he presented while the next contestant was getting into place. He answered that the 'ו' preceding "his possessions" is ...


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Sefer Ginzei Margoliyos in his Ginzei Nistaros on Megilas Esther ponders this and explains as follows. Haman could not control himself until the time of killing all the Jews as he was incensed by Mordechai's refusal to stand up for him. Haman's plan was to get other's to hang Mordechai thus it will remain a secret that he was the one behind this plot. My ...


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You're mixing up one important point: the original decree was not overturned. Achashverosh says explicitly that it cannot be overturned (8:8). The second decree in Sivan merely gave the Jews the right of self-defense, to stand up and kill anyone who tries to attack them (8:11). Indeed when the day came the enemies tried to attack per the first decree and ...


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Taame Haminhagim 579 says Sh'ne Luchos Hab'ris [circa 1600] indicates one should memorialize Ester's meal at the meal of the second day of Pesach, as that was the day Haman was hanged. He doesn't say how to memorialize it, but I guess Shoshanas Yaakov is one way to do it. Update: Thanks to Aba, who found the Sh'lah (in the hagaha on the linked-to page). ...


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When Haman is introduced (I think it's chapter 3), we see that Mordechai was already violating the king's command that everyone should bow to Haman. The king's assistants knew this, because it says that they asked Mordechai "why are you disobeying the king's commandment?" So, I assume word got to the king right away, and, perhaps, he had no problem getting ...


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Her name was אמתלאי בת עורבתי. ואמר רב חנן בר רבא אמר רב אמיה דאברהם אמתלאי בת כרנבו אמיה דהמן אמתלאי בת עורבתי וסימניך טמא טמא טהור טהור Bava Basra 91a See also my answer to What was Avraham Avinu's mother's name?



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