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In this beautiful animated interpretation of the Purim story, at the crowning of King Achashverosh, the crowd announces (as soon as the crown is put upon his head):

"And he will rise upon the throne of Persia - a Jewish boy."

They repeat this several times over, starting at around 7:00 minutes.

I was very confused. I have never heard of a midrash that says Achashverosh was Jewish. I mean, it could make sense since his grandfather Koresh was very benevolent to the Jewish People; maybe Koresh converted to Judaism sometime and married a Jewish woman, and had Achashverosh's mother (Atossa) through her? All the other midrashim featured in the video I was familiar with, but not this one. This left me scratching my head.

Perhaps it is supposed to be a prophetic voice that says Daryavesh will be the next king. Daryavesh, according to some opinions, was the son of Achashverosh and Esther, making him Jewish. But I am still very confused.


Perhaps I am mishearing and they are saying something completely different in the video. That would be embarrassing for sure!

  • I was under the opposite impression: that he was anti-Jewish (what we'd now mis-refer to as anti-Semitism, even though one could argue for either label) – Noach MiFrankfurt Mar 8 '17 at 1:21
  • I mean, it could make sense... I said it could make sense. Potentially. But I have always been taught that Achashverosh did not really care what the Jews did and didn't do. You may call that anti-Jewish, I just say he didn't really care. But that is why this is a question. – ezra Mar 8 '17 at 2:07
  • Me'am Loez writes that he was anti-semitic because astrologers predicted that the next king will be a Jew. He figured that the Jews will rebel and place one of their own as king. Turns out that Esther is Jewish, so he figures everything out and stops being an Anti-Semite. – Shmuel Brin Mar 8 '17 at 3:34
  • @ShmuelBrin - Very interesting. : ) – ezra Mar 8 '17 at 3:35
  • Maybe it is refuring to Achashverosh's son (and maybe there is a midrash that when Achashverosh was crowned a bas kol said about his son – hazoriz Mar 9 '17 at 2:04

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