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How do we learn that Esther was a prophet?

Talmud Bavli, Megillah 14a lists the seven prophetesses as: Sarah Miriam Deborah Hannah Abigail Huldah Esther (Interestingly enough, Eve is not listed as one of the prophetesses.) The Talmud ...
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Is it really kosher to "apply" to become a gentile king's wife?

There are several places in the Talmud which assume she was taken by force, e.g. Megillah 15a: לך כנוס את כל היהודים וגו' עד אשר לא כדת אמר רבי אבא שלא כדת היה שבכל יום ויום עד עכשיו באונס ועכשיו ...
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Why are Mordechai and Esther buried in Hamedan, considering it is distant from Shushan?

Encyclopedia Judaica's entry for "Hamadan, Iran" says: The Persian Jews identify Hamadan with "Shushan ha-Bira," which obviously is a mistake. An essay entitled "Esther’s Tomb Iran's Jewish queen ...
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Why didn't Esther reveal her origin earlier?

The following is culled from Oz V'hadar's Mesivta on Megillas Esther, page 37, note 89; pages 230-232; and pages 251-252. Unless otherwise specified, the mefarshim are on Esther 2:10. Mordechai ...
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Is it really kosher to "apply" to become a gentile king's wife?

Esther 2:8 uses the term "Vatilakach" - she was taken. While it doesn't clearly imply "forcibly", there are several hints that this was mandatory. One is 2:3 that says that the king should gather ...
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Was Cyrus really Queen Esther's son?

The Gemara in Rosh Hashana 3b(which talks about when to start the counting of a kings reign) writes that Koresh(he was a kosher king),Daryavesh(his actual name),and Artachasasta(name of his kingdom) ...
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How did Achashveirosh not know that Esther was Jewish?

The Talmud in Megillah 7a says the following: דר"ע דלמא כר' אלעזר דאמר מלמד שכל אחד ואחד נדמתה לו כאומתו Against the proof of R. Akiba it may be objected that perhaps the fact is as stated ...
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What Beit Ester survived?

Vayikra Rabbah 13:5 records a tradition that King Darius was the son of Esther (and Ahasuerus): אָמַר רַבִּי יְהוּדָה בְּרַבִּי סִימוֹן דָּרְיָוֶשׁ הָאַחֲרוֹן בְּנָהּ שֶׁל אֶסְתֵּר הָיָה, טָהוֹר ...
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What was Esther’s reaction to Haman’s begging and ambush

At the simplest level, as I read it, it was a matter of split-second timing. Haman had been standing near Esther, begging, and half a second before Achasheveirosh walked back in, he tripped and fell ...
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Why does the megillah change the order of Esther not telling her nation or birthplace

You'll be interested to know that (a) Yosef Lekach to 2:10 and Malbim to 2:20 ask your question, and (b) Targum Sheni to 2:20 rewords the verse to be the same order as the first one: ארמית: אין ...
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Why didn't Esther reveal her origin earlier?

According to the Targum Sheni (2:10) Mordechai was concerned with Esther revealing this because the king would become upset with Esther at some point and direct his anger out on her people. Just as (...
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Are women required to keep the Fast of Esther?

According to this website, a woman is required to fast unless she doesn't feel well enough to do so Many authorities, including the Kaf Ha’haim (based on the Bah), the Elya Rabba, the Kisur Shulhan ...
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How did Esther reveal to Achashveroch that Mordechai is her husband

I'm afraid I have no source for this, but my reading of Esther 8:1 is that she revealed to Achashverosh only that Mordechai was her cousin, and did not tell him that he was also her husband.
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Why did Esther's handmaidens fast?

Perhaps they fasted because they were Esther's, similar to how the people of Ninveh made their animals fast when they repented.
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Why does the king need to extend the scepter to Esther a second time?

Ralbag on Esther 8:3 that the rule was that any time someone came unsummoned he was in risk of his life unless the king extended the scepter. Note that Haman had come and waited in the outer chamber ...
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Why does Achashveirosh ask who is responsible for the decree against the Jews?

Haman hated the Jewish people and yearned to wipe them out, but he doubted that Achashveirosh would agree. Therefore, he fooled Achashveirosh into issuing a decree to destroy the Jewish people. Haman ...
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Did Esther have the halachic status of a captive?

The gemarah ketubot 51b states as follows (with explanation from Sefaria.org) ת"ר שבויי מלכות הרי הן כשבויין גנובי ליסטות אינן כשבויין והתניא איפכא The Sages taught: With regard to women ...
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Did Esther have the halachic status of a captive?

Rambam (Matnos Aniyim 8:10, Meszler translation) seems to understand that a halachic "captive" must be one who is in danger: פִּדְיוֹן שְׁבוּיִים קוֹדֵם לְפַרְנָסַת עֲנִיִּים וְלִכְסוּתָן. ...
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Why don't we refer to Esther by her Hebrew name?

Main points and answers in Bold. There are many aspects that need to be discussed in order to properly answer this question, but this will only really be a question according to the (minor) minority ...
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Who was Queen Ester's son with Achashverosh?

Who was Queen Ester's son with Achashverosh? There are traditions that Esther's son was Darius (Tosafoth RH 3b, DH shenath, Leviticus Rabbah 13:5). This would mean that Darius, as the son of a Jewish ...
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Did Mordechei ever tell Esther she was allowed to reveal her nationality?

I found a source. Its a Pesikta Rabsi פסיקתא זוטרתא (לקח טוב) אסתר ד:ח ד"ה ואת פתשגן - עד עתה אין אסתר מגדת, מעתה נתן לה רשות להודיע שהיא יהודית, שנאמר על עמה, וכן אמרה אסתר כי נמכרנו אני ועמי: ...
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According to Rashi, why does Esther split up her argument?

At the time she has asked for both using the chen which the king has shown her. Once Haman is dead and Mordechai made the King's representative, she sees that only the first part of her request has ...
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Why did Esther's handmaidens fast?

The Maharal to that verse assumes like your two assumptions: (a) her handmaidens weren't Jewish, as that would have raised suspicion that she was Jewish and (b) no seeming purpose that they should ...
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What are the parameters of "one should not return a ruinous report"?

When Hatach was relating the information to Esther it was to prompt her for immediate action as she has got the responsibility to take care of her brethren.Relating this was not relating information ...
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Why didn't Mordechai accept the clothes sent by Esther?

Malbim (Esther 4:4) addresses this directly by saying that Mordechai felt that it would have been inappropriate for him to stop his supplication/prayer at that point: ולא קבל כי לא רצה להפסיק רגע ...
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Why does the megillah change the order of Esther not telling her nation or birthplace

The Malbim asks this question and answers that initially they just wanted to know who she was, and the social norm was to inquire about nationality first when getting to know someone. However later ...
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Are women required to keep the Fast of Esther?

Rabeinu, Without getting a little Meshuge, the answer really is in the fact that Esther fasted for 3 days before she went in to see the King. Remember this was no little undertaking. Whether she was ...
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Was Cyrus really Queen Esther's son?

The Kalla Rabbasi 2:15 seems to indicate this. מה בנה של אסתר כתיב (ישעיה מה) אני לפניך אלך והדורים אישר דלתות נחושה אשבר ובריחי ברזל אגדע...
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Was Cyrus really Queen Esther's son?

Rashi says that Cyrus was the son of Esther. I have a source at home, I'll have to dig it up.
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