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The Megillah (2.16) mentions taking Ester into the Palace, loving here [more than other girls] and crowning her as the queen but no mention of the marriage or being Achashverosh's wife:

וַתִּלָּקַח אֶסְתֵּר אֶל־הַמֶּלֶךְ אֲחַשְׁוֵרוֹשׁ אֶל־בֵּית מַלְכוּתוֹ בַּחֹדֶשׁ הָעֲשִׂירִי הוּא־חֹדֶשׁ טֵבֵת בִּשְׁנַת־שֶׁבַע לְמַלְכוּתוֹ׃ וַיֶּאֱהַב הַמֶּלֶךְ אֶת־אֶסְתֵּר מִכָּל־הַנָּשִׁים וַתִּשָּׂא־חֵן וָחֶסֶד לְפָנָיו מִכָּל־הַבְּתוּלֹת וַיָּשֶׂם כֶּתֶר־מַלְכוּת בְּרֹאשָׁהּ וַיַּמְלִיכֶהָ תַּחַת וַשְׁתִּי׃

Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus, in his royal palace, in the tenth month, which is the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.

The king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she won his grace and favor more than all the virgins. So he set a royal diadem on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.

Do any sources speak about that?

  • There is no Ishus between Jews and Non-Jews. Whatever Esther and Achashveirosh had between each other was not a 'marriage' in the religious sense. – Salmononius2 Mar 22 at 12:04
  • @Salmononius2 I agree in our religious sense, but in his eyes, why not, just as in the Torah Ishmael took women and Eisov etc. – Al Berko Mar 22 at 12:11
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    Yishmael and Eisav are before Matan Torah, first of all. And their wives aren't Jewish either, and there is ishus for non-Jews. – Meir Mar 22 at 13:16
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    @Meir I think what he means to say is that from Achashveirosh's perspective, Esther was just like any other woman and therefore marriage would be legally binding, even if it's not halachically binding. – DonielF Mar 22 at 14:57
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    @DonielF You have Shimshon and his Plishti wife, where the shoresh לקח is used several times, and you have Shlomo and Bas Paroh, where it says ויתחתן. The Rambam tells us that they converted, but there's no indication of that in the pesukim, so on the contrary, if we didn't know that intermarriage isn't halachically binding, we'd have said that these women didn't convert and that it is binding. – Meir Mar 22 at 17:02

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