In Esther 2:19 Mordechai is described as ישב בשער־המלך sitting at the gate of the king. I recall learning that this implied that Mordechai held some sort of royal/official government position. I would like to know if this is true and if so what the source is for this idea.

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    It is definitely true that in Eretz Yisrael, the people who "sat at the gate" were the elders of the city. (See e.g. Eshet Chayil). I'm not sure about Persia, but it's plausible. Feb 15, 2019 at 9:57
  • @DanielKagan wow, you have no idea how helpful that comment was. Thank you so much! Feb 15, 2019 at 14:04

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Yes, Ralbag and Malbim say so. Not all commentaries agree with this, though.

  • Could you please summarize in English? Feb 17, 2019 at 7:32

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