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Before, and perhaps while, Haman was Achashveirosh's viceroy he was the Tsar of Russia, as it says in Esther 7:6:

וַתֹּאמֶר אֶסְתֵּר--אִישׁ צַר וְאוֹיֵב, הָמָן הָרָע הַזֶּה;

And Ester said, a man, the Tsar, an enemy -- this evil Haman!

Since Haman was Tsar, why didn't he put his nefrarious plan into action there and then, when Mordechai and Ester weren't around to foil it?


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    And here I thought Haman was Russia (Rasha), not just its leader! – ephraim helfgot May 22 '16 at 14:26
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You're mistranslating. "צַר" doesn't mean "tsar" but is, rather, the masculine form of the word "צָרָה", "co-wife", and thus means "co-husband". That is, Ester was pointing out to Achashverosh that not only was Haman the one who was plotting to kill Ester's people (see the context there), Haman also had shared a wife with Achashverosh, namely Vashti.

Achashverosh was not angered by the latter revelation, since he was, as we know, licentious himself. He was, however, angry about the attempt on Ester's co-nationals' lives, and stood up for a walk in the garden. When he returned to the party, the following verses tell us,

Haman was falling on the chaise longue that Esther was on.

Haman saw that it didn't bother Achashverosh that they had shared a previous wife, so decided to try the same with Ester. But

the king said, "Do you plan also to conquer the queen with me at home?"

and had him killed. You see, sharing a wife was no big deal for Achashverosh; what bothered him was sharing a home. He was not only licentious but inhospitable.

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I'm surprised that you didn't find the answer directly in the verse that you cited. It says:

אִישׁ צַר וְאוֹיֵב הָמָן הָרָע הַזֶּה

A czar and an enemy, Haman who is this bad.

He was a bad czar. Meaning, he was a weak czar. He wasn't strong enough to be a czar in the first place, but for some reason, probably a political favor, Achashverush made him a czar.

Thus, Esther was pointing out to Achashevrush Haman's weakness by saying, essentially, "Yes, he is an enemy and a czar, but he's very bad at his job."

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