In the hagadah we seem to indicate that Lavan was a worse enemy of the Jewish people because Pharaoh only decreed against the males while Lavan sought to uproot all. Based on this logic it would seem that Haman too is worse than Pharaoh for he also sought to uproot all (and perhaps worse than Lavan for he sought to kill many more people). However in practice the only one who actually killed any Jews at all (as far as I know) was Pharaoh, which I think would make a strong case for him being the worst.

Is there a source which definitively states which of these three people was the worst enemy of the Jews?

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    Isn't the Hagada such a source?
    – Isaac Moses
    Nov 30, 2012 at 14:38
  • @IsaacMoses not of the 3. frankly i doubt there is
    – user2110
    Nov 30, 2012 at 17:18
  • This is similar to the more contemporary question of who was worse for the Jews, hitler y"sh or stalin y"sh. The former killed more Jews, but the latter had a far more devastating effect on the Jewish population.
    – yoel
    Nov 30, 2012 at 17:27
  • Well, as for any Jews at all, there is an opinion that Haman killed Hasach after noticing him going between Esther and Mordechai.
    – HaLeiVi
    Mar 1, 2016 at 20:56
  • I shall add to the question....why didn’t the hagada compare lavan,paroh and amalek
    – user19400
    Dec 22, 2019 at 17:23

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the Divrei Esther... Haman was worse than Paroh because he wanted to kill all צורר כל היהודים he quotes Esther Rabbah 7/23 that says Haman said my plan is best ...Paroh’s plan was limited to only males

I will say Lavan had no chance against Yaakov but Haman almost nailed all of them ..

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    Which Medrash 7/23?
    – Dov
    Aug 25, 2020 at 19:48
  • אסתר רבה. ז. כג. כד
    – user19400
    Aug 26, 2020 at 0:51

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