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What happened to the Jews after the Purim story?

About three years later, Darius II (son of Esther and Ahasuerus, who succeeded his father as king a year after the Purim story) allowed the Jews to rebuild...

Why is G-d’s name not mentioned even once in the Megillah?

Good question. Ibn Ezra in his intro to his commentary on the Megillah says that Mordechai knew that the Persians would copy the story into their history...

What are those unusual-sized letters in the Megillah?

In the names of the slain ten sons of Haman, four large letters appear. Throughout Scripture there are various letters that are written in an unusual...

What did Vashti do to deserve such a horrible fate?

Vashti (queen of Ahasuerus until he had her beheaded for refusing to appear at his feast) was not a great person, to put it mildly. She was the...

Why did Mordechai instruct Esther to conceal the fact that she was Jewish?

The commentators offer a number of reasons. Here’s two: 1. Mordechai wanted to make sure that she would be able to continue observing the...

What did Esther eat in the king’s non-kosher palace?

In the Scroll of Esther1 we read that Hegai, the custodian of the women, did something special for Esther and her maids. The Talmud2 offers a number of...

How did Esther keep the Sabbath without rousing suspicion?

Esther had seven maids (Esther 2:9). She had them on rotation so that each maid served on a different day of the week (Talmud, Tractate Megillah 13a). This...

How did Mordechai overhear the plot to kill the king?

Some say that he learned of the plot through prophetic vision.1 The Talmud2 explains that the two plotters, Bigsan and Seresh, were speaking in their...

Instead of fasting, why didn't Queen Esther tell the Jews to protest?

Why didn't the Iraqis protest against Saddam Hussein's regime? And why didn't the German Jews demonstrate en masse against Hitler's Final...