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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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Did Mordechai go to Eretz Yisrael and return to Persia?

Ralbag to Ezra 2:2 explains that Mordechai did indeed return to Persia after coming to Israel: ואל תתמה איך יצא מירושלים אחר שנכנס שם כי מפני השטנה שכתבו אחשורוש ושאר מלכי פרס להשבית המלאכה הוצרכו ...
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Where is the source that Mordechai left the king's palace wearing teffilin?

You can find the Gra here: ועטרת זהב גדולה היא תפילין שבראש . ותכריך בוץ הם הרצועות שכורכין בהם . וארגמן הם תפילה של יד There's a related Chasam Sofer here, but I'm not sure it's the one you're ...
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How old was Mordechai in the Megillah?

Second Version of Ibn Ezra on Esther 2:6 Calculates that Mordechai was at more than 90 years old when Achashveros married Esther. 11 years of Tzidkiyahu's kingship, after Yehoyachin (together with ...
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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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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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How old was Mordechai in the Megillah?

According to the calculations of Isaac Samuel Reggio (Italy, 1784 – 1855) in his מפתח אל מגילת אסתר, based on adding up the various reigns of Persian kings throughout those years, Mordechai was a ...
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Why does Mordechai agree to put on the king's clothing?

The simple answer is that Mordechai was obeying a command from a king. The general rule is Dina D'malchusa Dina, which obligates Jews to obey the laws of the land they live in. Here the king commanded ...
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Where is the source that Mordechai left the king's palace wearing teffilin?

To my knowledge, the earliest source of Mordechai's wearing tefillin is the Targum Rishon on Esther 8:15 which hints a form of תפילין של ראש in the description of Mordechai's golden crown: ...
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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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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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Where is the source that Mordechai left the king's palace wearing teffilin?

In Ya’aros Devash of Rabbi Yonasan Eibshitz, Chelek 2 page 8c, it says that Mordechai wore his Tallis and Tefillin in public and even in the palace, based on the explanation of the Gemara (Megillah ...
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Was Mordechai the mashgiach at Achashverosh's party?

the maharsha and the megilla setarim say that kirtzon ish vaish”....mordechai means that achashveroah made him the mashgiach mainly for the yayinn nessech issue
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Was Mordechai the mashgiach at Achashverosh's party?

Rashi on Megillah 12a says that Mordechai was one of the Butlers of Achashverosh. This is the quote כרצון מרדכי והמן - הם היו שרי המשקים במשתה
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Does ישב בשער־המלך imply some sort of royal position

Yes, Ralbag and Malbim say so. Not all commentaries agree with this, though.
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Why is Mordechai called Ben Kish and not Ben Sha'ul?

The Manot Levi (footnote 5 in the image) says that they skipped Shaul because he was supposed to takes G-d's revenge on Amalek, but he failed. It skips him to indicate that his task was completed by ...
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Ahashverosh and the Jews

Let us assume that Ahashverosh didn't know Ester is Jewish (I seriously doubt it it but it is a different question.) My answer is a little Drash though, I can not answer it on Pshat. THe key point ...
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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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Why didn't Mordechai kill Haman?

I would connect that to Rambam's beginning of Melachim: שָׁלֹשׁ מִצְוֹת נִצְטַוּוּ יִשְׂרָאֵל בִּשְׁעַת כְּנִיסָתָן לָאָרֶץ: לְמַנּוֹת לָהֶם מֶלֶךְ שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (דברים יז טו) "שׂוֹם תָּשִׂים ...
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Did Ester reveal to Achashverosh she was married to Mordechai?

According to the Rambam's commentary on the Megillah, Esther only told Achashveirosh that he was her uncle and adopted father, not that he was her husband: אמרה אסתר למלך : היועץ מרדכי הוא דודי, ...
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Why is myrrh the allusion to Mordechai?

One answer 1 is based on a Midrash 2, which expounds the verse: מי יתן טהור מטמא, who will bring out purity from the impure 3. The Midrash brings many examples of such a concept, such as Avraham, who ...
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Why did the Persian Empire bury Esther with Mordechai?

Firstly it is questionable if Mordechai was buried in Iran to begin with. The Gemora (Menochos 64B) makes a reference to him being in Eretz Yisroel when the Beis Hamikdush was built (although it's ...
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Did Mordechai have a different "scream" than Moshe Rabbeinu?

The questioner asked about the differences between the words צעק and זעק which we can also add to the question what this has to do with צחק – laughter. Rav Samson Refoel Hersch addressed this question ...
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Was it Mordechai or Kish that was exiled?

"who had been exiled" is referring to Mordechai not Kish. Kish is another name for Gera (see Targum). Shimi ben Gera was in King David's time (See 2 Samuel 16:5).
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Did Mordechai go to Eretz Yisrael and return to Persia?

The straightforward answer to your question is Yes. Here the Vilna Gaon mentions that Mordechai actually went back and forth between Yerushalayim and galus THREE times. Mordechai was living in ...
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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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Did Mordechai have a different "scream" than Moshe Rabbeinu?

While the letters זיין and צדי can be interchangeable phonetically and each shoresh essentially means a shouting, the nature of the shout can vary. In the two cases mentioned above the Targum Onkelos ...
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Why does Mordechai agree to put on the king's clothing?

The Gra on Megilas Eshter 5:8 explains that the reason Esther requested a second wine party before she revealed her request to Achasvarosh was that she was afraid Hashem would not agree with her ...
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Why is myrrh the allusion to Mordechai?

according to some .... mordechai was like a ketoeress which is infinite and powerful to break all opponents hence...this ingredient is found in the ketoeress to show this power he had maharal in ...
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