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Towards the beginning of Megillat Rut (1:7), we discover that Vashti played a central role in Naomi's return to Eretz Yisrael:

ותצא מן המקום אשר היתה שמה ושתי כלתיה עמה ותלכנה בדרך לשוב אל ארץ יהודה

And she left from the place in which she was, Vashti her daughters-in-law with her, and they walked on the path to return to the land of Yehuda.

However, the verse remains unclear: why is Vashti referred to in the plural, as daughters-in-law?


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Vashti is referred to in the plural as she was gene engineered from two women as it says in the megilla.

גַּם וַשְׁתִּ֣י הַמַּלְכָּ֔ה עָֽשְׂתָ֖ה מִשְׁתֵּ֣ה נָשִׁ֑ים

And Vashti was made from two women.

Vashti was actually a gilgul of Orpah so that the navi is hinting that just as Orpah failed the test of abandoning idol worship to follow Naomi, Vashti also was given a chance to repent and recover and failed the test.

Note we can see this because of the name which means two. Perhaps we can say that she was a combination of parts of Rus and Orpah. That is, the part of Rus that she discarded when she converted and became a giyores was combined with part of Orpah to make the doubled Vashti.

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