In Esther 1:9 we read, “ושתי המלכה עשתה משתי נשים” Vashti the queen was made of two women. Aside from being biologically surprising, what are the consequences of this in our understanding of the Megilla?
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One consequence is that Achashverosh had two mothers-in-law. This is further evidenced by the fact that the megilla provides both their names:
- "כְּשֹׁךְ, חֲמַת הַמֶּלֶךְ אֲחַשְׁוֵרוֹש" - "Keshoch, the mother-in-law of Achashverosh". (Esther 2:1)
- "וַחֲמַת הַמֶּלֶךְ שָׁכָכָה" - "And the mother-in-law of Achashverosh was Shachacha". (Esther 7:10)
What makes a person a person? His heart. Indeed, when Rashi wants to emphasize that a group of people are like one person, he says "בלב אחד / with one heart". So when the verse you quoted says Vashti was made of two women, all it means is that she had two hearts.
She is, in fact, a Time Lord.
As such, she is able to regenerate into a new form when suffering an injury that would kill humans. This explains why the book of Esther never specifies that she died, only that she lost her position as queen: although Achashverosh tried to kill her, she simply regenerated.
Moreover, Vashti's being a Time Lord and concomitant ability to travel through time explains her appearance at points in history we would not expect her to be at. For example, Ruth 1:9, "ושתי כלותיה / Vashti her daughters-in-law", and Genesis 19:30, "ושתי בנתיו / Vashti his daughters", which use the plural because of Vashti's dual nature.