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Why does the Megillah say "It happened in the days of Ahasuerus" — and not,"... in the days of Mordechai and Esther?"

The book concludes that it is "words of peace and truth." While there is truth when you look deep within the book, it had to be written in a way that preserved the peace. This book was ...
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Orientation of Haman's Sons' Beam

From Rashi it would seem that is was vertical זקיפא - פורק"א בלעז בצד אחד זה למטה מזה זקיפא - Forche in [old French]. On one side [of it], one below the other. Exploring this a little bit ...
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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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Baruch hu ubaruch shemo - why omitted sometimes?

The cases you've raised are cases where someone is saying the beracha with someone else in mind, i.e. saying it on their behalf so they don't say it themselves. In fact, it is as if they are actually ...
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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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The 10th Month Is Obviously Teves!

The sefer Yesha Elohim asks your question, and brings the answer that it was meant from shamayim that Esther should be taken to Achashverosh in the 10th month because the 10th month is Teves, in which ...
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Why did Mordecai save Achashverosh?

This question is addressed in Rabbi Yosef Deutsch's Let My Nation Live p.47: Mordechai could, of course, have pretended he had never heard the plotters, allowing them to carry out their plot and kill ...
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How does the general Jewish pronunciation of the name Ahasuerus — Achashverosh — compare to its original pronunciation in Ancient Persia?

Only barely similar. The characters of 𐎧𐏁𐎹𐎠𐎼𐏁𐎠 read "x-sh-y-a-r-sh-a". The "x" is a "kh" sound (as in IPA /x/), and vowels are written. So the transcription is ...
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What does Rashi mean with "our Rabbis expounded what they expounded"?

Rashi famously only channels a specific kind of midrash, and will omit others if it doesn't also work well on a peshat level. He discusses this on Bereishit 3:8, with hearing Hashem walking in the ...
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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 does the Megillah say "It happened in the days of Ahasuerus" — and not,"... in the days of Mordechai and Esther?"

I'd happily add that Megilat Esther tells the story of Jews in galut (גלות). In the גלות we lower our heads, trying to survive. In the גלות, we are not the big story, but rather trying to survive in a ...
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Vashti was never Killed

The midrash suggesting that she was executed has never convinced me for these reasons : It is not written anywhere in the text that she was executed. The royal edict only stated that : « Vashti ...
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Jews attending feast of Achashverosh

You ask: Under what permission did those Jews attend? The simple answer - they did not have permission... The whole thing was orchestrated by Achashveirosh - It was a ruse to show the people he ...
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Looking for more information about this "Megillah"

While I didn't find information regarding the megillah specifically, it seems that it was customary for the yeshiva to solicit contributions through various 'gifts' given (or sold?) around the chagim. ...
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Did Queen Vashti have a child?

The only such reference I know is Tafsir Megillat Ester ("Interpretation of the Book of Esther") by Shahin, a Persian Jewish poet of the 14th century, who talks about love between Shiruyeh, ...
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Haman and God sleeping

Great question. The answer to your question is yes. This is discussed in Esther Rabbah 7:12, as well as here. I am sure there are other places, but this is a good starting point for you to delve into ...
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Mordechai wore golden tefillin?

From the reading of the Rambam Hilchos Teffilin 3:14 it would seem that any color would be sufficient. The outer side of the retzuos are what is necessary to be black since that is a halacha L'Moshe ...
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Feast of achashverosh connected to failed 70 year prophecy

It's in the Bavli, M'gila 11 amud 2.
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Why risk to rush to Achashverosh if the decree is due in 11 months?

Rav Chaim kanievsky in taima dikra answers because, people were so scared of the decree it was pikuach nefesh, so it had to be annulled right away.
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Did Haman actually try to rape Esther?

Its an interesting question. At face value, Haman had fallen at the feet of Queen Esther to beseech her mercy. When the king returned from the garden, and was full of anger, he retorted to Haman: ...
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Why didn't the Jews of Persia leave after Haman's decree?

It's an interesting question. The story of purim takes place 57 years after the destruction of the first beis hamikdash. Jerusalem was decimated and destroyed, even the effort to rebuild the beis ...
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Why isn't the Gemara Megillah 16b more direct with its sources?

The reason the gemara can't use any of the four main tefillin Pessukim is because they are trying to darshen the meaning behind "ויקר". Seeing as none of those Pessukim that word or a ...
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What does Rashi mean with "our Rabbis expounded what they expounded"?

He means there's a famous Midrash about it, but he doesn't necessarily see that as the simple explanation (or at least critical to the basic narrative). "What about the midrashic reading? Yeah, ...
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What clothing did Esther send Mordechai

The Rema in Mechir Yayin writes on the pasuk that it was to lift his spirits: שאסתר חשבה לשלוח לו בגדים נאים להסיר השק מעליו שלא יענה נפשו ביותר מדי That Esther thought to send him nice clothes to ...
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The connection between King Ahashverosh and the king of the world

You have to understand two basic facts about that statement of the Chazal: This rule only applies to the word “Hammelech” by itself. If you see the phrase is “Hammelech Ahashverosh”, it literally ...
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The connection between King Ahashverosh and the king of the world

It is like the plain meaning when reading with the cantillation marks to the opening of Megillat Esther: וַיְהִ֖י בִּימֵ֣י אֲחַשְׁוֵר֑וֹשׁ ה֣וּא אֲחַשְׁוֵר֗וֹשׁ הַמֹּלֵךְ֙ That the cantillation mark ...
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Why did Mordecai behave towards Haman in this way?

The back story behind the relationship between Mordechai and Haman is found in Sefer Yosifun by Yosef ben Gurion. On the face of it, Mordechai's slight seems insignificant. And in truth, Mordechai did ...
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Why are Haman's ten sons mentioned in the megillah

I say that as long as those ten were alive, Haman's legacy was not completely erased…and it was important not to leave any trace of Haman in order to fix the mistake of Saul leaving Agag alive causing ...
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Teshuvah during the story of Purim

It is interesting that the word isn't used +1 On your pasuk: Malbim states that Evel Gadol, great mourning, means the Jews were doing Teshuva: אבל גדול ליהודים תשובה ותפלה ואבלות A great mourning ...
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Did Mordechai wear the bigdei kehuna?

According to Rav Aharon Friedman Rosh HaYeshiva of Keren B'Yavneh, as quoted here בשעה שביקש הקב"ה להודיע לישראל על נצחונם הגדול העתיד לבוא, נתן בליבו של המן לבקש לעצמו לבוש מלכות אשר לבש בו ...
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