We all presume that Haman was well literate and familiar with our Tanachic sources. It is widely known that since the sin of the Spies (Meraglim) 9th of Av was chosen for all kinds of misfortunes for Am Israel.

I don't know if they observed the 9th of Av and the destruction of the latest Temple back in Persia, but the month was known for its bad luck.

On the other hand, as I recall, there were no bad events in Adar and Moses' death was albeit a "punishment" for Moses but not for the whole people that were about to enter the Promised Land with Yehoshua.

Why Haman didn't decide straight on the 9th of Av to complete the destruction of the Jewish nation?

  • It could be that it wasnt so well known yet,but the Esther Rabbah does mention that the Pur did not fall on the month if av since the month said that enough calamities happened. Good question though – sam Mar 20 at 16:18
  • We all presume We do? – Alex Mar 20 at 16:27
  • @Alex A good point. Similarly to Pharaoh, we expect a high level of intelligence, and unlike Pharao, the Tanach (most parts) were already written. Also you have to know your enemy to know where to hurt. What do you think - he didn't? – Al Berko Mar 20 at 17:02
  • I think that there is certainly a school of commentary that likes to assume that the villains knew the Torah, but that might be ahistorical. – Alex Mar 20 at 21:41

The 9th of Av is destined to be overturned to a joyous day and Haman didn't want to risk that underlying power of the month of Av to kick-start the redemption, which is is why he instead elected an 'empty' month where no underlying surprises await!

  • If the Jews were dead H"V there would be no joyous day. Av is definitely the bad luck for the Jews, I don't see the trouble. He'd prefer to hurt the Jews at their lowest. – Al Berko Mar 20 at 16:59
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