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Did Haman kill Daniel?

The Talmud (Megillah 15a) states that Daniel was Hatach who appears in Megillat Esther: ותקרא אסתר להתך אמר רב התך זה דניאל ולמה נקרא שמו התך שחתכוהו מגדולתו ושמואל אמר שכל דברי מלכות נחתכין על פיו ...
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Source about a king like Haman if Israel doesn't repent

Sanhedrin 97b If they do not repent, will they not be redeemed at all? Rather, the Holy One, Blessed be He, will establish a king for them whose decrees are as harsh as those issued by Haman, and the ...
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Does anyone draw a parallel between Haman selling himself to Mordechai and Esav selling the birthright to Yaakov?

Yes, the Manos Halevi brings what the actual Shtar said: אני המן בן המדתא מזרע אגג, שלח אותי מלך אחשורוש במלחמה על עיר הינדקא, ומנה אותי המלך על ששה רבוא אנשי הצבא, ונתן לי המלך צידה לפרנס אותם, ...
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Haman's gallows originating from Noach's ark

As you note, Parshandatha was the governor over קרדוניא which Jastrow's dictionary (p. 1412) translates as: Kardunia, Coryene, a district lying to the east of the river Tigris, south of Armenia. ...
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How did Haman know Moshe Rabeinu's Yahrzeit but not his Birthday?

The מהרש"א on that Gemara explains that Moshe having died on the 7th of Adar is something which could be worked out from Scriptures, as the Gemara works it out on Kiddushin 38a (it says they wept for ...
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Does anyone draw a parallel between Haman selling himself to Mordechai and Esav selling the birthright to Yaakov?

I just stumbled across the Ba’al HaTurim on Bereishis 25:30: הלעטיני נא מן - ראשי תיבות המן. לומר כשם שיעקב קנה מעשו בכורו בלחם ועדשים כך קנה מרדכי את המן לעבד בפת לחם ”Pour into me, please, ...
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Did Haman actually try to rape Esther?

Those translations are not accurate. נָפַל means "fell" and refers to Haman falling. The simple meaning (as given by Ibn Ezra) is that he fell before Esther to plead for his life. (If it ...
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How does Rashi knows that Shimshai safra is Hamman's son?

We can likely find the answer from Rashi's own words elsewhere. In his commentary on Esther, after the list of Haman's Ten Sons in Esther 9:10, Rashi writes: עֲשֶׂרֶת בְּנֵי הָמָן. רָאִיתִי בְסֵדֶר ...
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Why did Mordechai not stand before Haman?

The Malbim says that it wasn't about idolatry, but about a lack of fear for Haman -- Mordechai didn't rise out of fear for any consequence which is why this verse simply indicates that Haman was ...
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Was Haman Jewish?

This idea that Haman was Jew comes from the Chasam Sofer who writes that he was an eved canani and was considerrd a Jew. The question is then asked how can Mordechai make him into a convert if he was ...
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Purim fighting in Adar - why wait for 8 months?

Malbim says on Esther 8:5 that Esther first tried to get the original decree canceled. יכתב להשיב – עתה פרטה עצתה הנ״ל בפרטות שישלח המלך רצים לקחת את הספרים החתומים שבהם כתוב מחשבת המן בחזרה, כי ...
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Why 'They hanged' rather than 'You hanged' in Al Hanissim?

It's quoting the pasuk. וּבְבֹאָהּ֮ לִפְנֵ֣י הַמֶּלֶךְ֒ אָמַ֣ר עִם־הַסֵּ֔פֶר יָשׁ֞וּב מַחֲשַׁבְתּ֧וֹ הָרָעָ֛ה אֲשֶׁר־חָשַׁ֥ב עַל־הַיְּהוּדִ֖ים עַל־רֹאשׁ֑וֹ וְתָל֥וּ אֹת֛וֹ וְאֶת־בָּנָ֖יו עַל־הָעֵֽץ׃ ...
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Why didn't the Jews of Persia leave after Haman's decree?

The first decrees went out on Nissan 13 3404, and they were a forewarning to a destruction one year in advance. The people's first response was to fast, as well as mourn, weep, wear sackcloth, ashes ...
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Why was Mordechai Certain of רוח והצלה יעמוד if he Created the Danger?

See the Megilas S'tarim from the Nesivos on the verse that Mordechai would not bend nor bow. He mostly agrees with your premise, but: מרדכי לא יכרע ולא ישתחוה. קשה הדבר שנכתב בלשון עתיד שהיה לו לכתוב ...
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Purim fighting in Adar - why wait for 8 months?

Ibn Ezra on Esther 8:7 and 8:8 explains that Achashverosh told Mordechai and Esther that he was unable to change the decree. What they could do is say that Haman changed the intent of the decree that ...
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When was the war in which Haman sold himself to Mordechai?

According to the Manos HaLevi, the war took place in the second year of Achashveirosh’s reign. תורת חיים מגילת אסתר עם פירוש הראשונים similarly cites from the Targum yerushalmi in the middle of the ...
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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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Why was Achashverosh so angry about Haman's plot?

Haman never said "the Jews"; he just said "some small people out there." Technically true ... but Achashverosh didn't think he meant that people. Malbim observes that Haman offered l'abdam -- "to ...
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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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Is Haman actually from Amalek?

Megilla 13A וּמָה שִׁילֵּם לִי יְמִינִי — דְּלָא קַטְלֵיהּ שָׁאוּל לַאֲגָג, דְּאִתְיְלִיד מִינֵּיהּ הָמָן דִּמְצַעַר לְיִשְׂרָאֵל. And how a Benjamite has repaid me is referring to the fact that ...
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Haman's gallow came from the kodesh hakodashim

The 50 cubits of wood are mentioned in the Book of Kings chapter 7 when Shlomo haMelech built the Temple. Maybe it comes to teach that when the evil forces steal the Kedusha, take it to their dominion,...
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Why didn't the Jews of Persia leave after Haman's decree?

In Mechilta D'Rashbi, it says: אין לך כל אומה ומלכות שנשתעבדה בהן בישראל ולא שלטה מסוף העולם ועד סופו מפני כבודן של ישראל... במלכות מדי הוא אומר... ושם המלך אחשוורוש מס על הארץ ואיי הים There is no ...
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Why was Achashverosh so angry about Haman's plot?

I heard this explanation from my rav a few years ago. In Esther 7:4, Esther says: כי אין הצר שוה בנזק המלך The oppressor is not concerned with the damage to the king In other words, Esther ...
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Why did Memuchan make the decree on all women?

Rav Dr. Yonatan Grossman, associated with Yeshivas Har-Etzion/Herzog College as well as a professor at Bar-Ilan University, has developed a fascinating study of Megillas Esther. It is published in ...
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How did Haman know Moshe Rabeinu's Yahrzeit but not his Birthday?

I saw an answer in the Sefer Pirsumei Nissa p: 246 and I'll try to translate: It is brought down in the Sefer Yaaros D'vash ( ח"ב דרוש י"ז/ח"א דרוש ג'/ח"ב דרוש ב' ודרוש י"ג) The reason Haman did not ...
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Does anyone draw a parallel between Haman selling himself to Mordechai and Esav selling the birthright to Yaakov?

The TORAS CHAIM on :חולין צז ............... Says the reason he put the slave deed on his Leg was to remind haman that this slave Sale Fight is an old fight ...............,........... Which Began ...
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Purim in Adar and not Av?

The 9th of Av is destined to be overturned to a joyous day and Haman didn't want to risk that underlying power of the month of Av to kick-start the redemption, which is is why he instead elected an '...
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Zeresh and Haman's children

The Ibn Ezra explains that of course his wife knew she had children with him, but he was relating all of his good fortune, as in "I have so much money and such a great family" -- he was bragging not ...
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How was Daniel in the Great Assembly?

The Rambam states that Daniel was a member of the Great Assembly in his intro to the MT: בית דינו של עזרא, הם הנקראין אנשי כנסת הגדולה. והם חגיי זכריה ומלאכי, ודנייאל חנניה מישאל ועזריה, ונחמיה בן ...
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