I'm trying to understand the "chain of command" in the story of Megillat Ester, and I see Ester as a prophetess, Mordechai as a prophet and a sage but what's missing is the 70 elders - the Sanhedrin.

The lives of all Jews were at stake but I don't recall the decisions being made by the big council.

Was the Sanhedrin functioning in the times of Purim and didn't Mordechai need its agreement on his decrees?

  • Have you looked at Megillah 7a, שלחה להם אסתר לחכמים קבעוני לדורות and כתבוני לדורות? – Meir Mar 24 '19 at 19:57
  • @Meir That was afterparty if I'm right, I was talking about the events of Purim itself – Al Berko Mar 24 '19 at 19:59
  • What would they have needed the Sanhedrin for, then? They're not needed in order to ratify an individual chacham's decisions in halacha, unless a machlokes develops. – Meir Mar 24 '19 at 20:03
  • Wouldn't the Sanhedrin have been in Yerushalaim, not Shushan? Even if they where in Nahardah, that's still very far from Shushan. – Mordechai Nov 28 '19 at 20:59

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