We’ve previously discussed how old Esther, Mordechai, Haman, and Achashveirosh were at the time of the Megillah.

How old was Vashti when she was summoned to Achashveirosh?

  • ומה נ"מ? So you found someone saying she was young - then what? How does it influence the course of the events? Maybe you can combine those questions into one - the Megillah Trivia.
    – Al Berko
    Mar 15, 2019 at 12:58
  • @AlBerko Not every (non-Halachic) question needs to have a Nafka Minah. Sometimes, questions are asked purely for curiosity’s sake.
    – DonielF
    Mar 15, 2019 at 14:05

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Yalkut Shimoni, Nach 1049 says that Vashti was 12-12.5 when Belshazzar died:

וכשהמלכו דריוש אותה הלילה בלשאצר שהיו אלו הורגים ואלו בוזזים ושתי היתה נערה

And when they made Daryavesh king, that night Belshatzar - some of them were killing [him] and some of them were looting him. Vashti was a Na’arah.

Megillah 11b says that Achashveirosh ascended the throne five years later:

חדא דבלשצר וחמש דדריוש וכורש ותרתי דידיה

One year for Belshatzar, five years for Daryavesh and Koresh, and two years of [Achashveirosh’s, which were followed by the party].

Combining these two pieces, it follows that Vashti was roughly 19-19.5 when the feast started, and roughly 19.5-20 when she was killed.

  • It’s not certain that Vashti was executed. According to some commentators, Vashti was banished. Mar 15, 2019 at 3:15

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