Part VII - The Plans of Esther and Haman
by Rabbi Yehudah Prero
On the third day of fasting, Esther prepared herself for her unscheduled
meeting with the king. Her beautiful appearance was greatly diminished
because of her prolonged fast. However, because of her total dedication to
prayer and the service of G-d over the three day period, she was imbued with
the spirit of G-d. In addition, the Gemora in the tractate of Megilla tells
us that three angels assisted Esther when she went before the king. One was
there to help her raise her head, as she was so weak from fasting that she
could not keep her head up without assistance. The second angel was there to
assure that she would find favor in Achashverosh's eyes, even though her
beauty had diminished to the point that Achashverosh might be angered. (We
will discuss the role of the third angel a little later.) All these miracles
occurred because of the fasting and prayers of Mordechai, Esther, and the
entire city of Shushan.
Achashverosh usually kept court in the place where he heard and decided
judicial matters. However, on this day, G-d caused Achashverosh to decide to
sit in his throne room in the palace. This change of location benefited
Esther: From the throne room, Achashverosh was able to see those who were
coming to see him immediately, while that was not the case with the usual
location of Achashverosh's court. As Esther approached, Achashverosh saw
Esther. The usual gesture of the king that indicated approval of a visit and
permission to enter the king's chambers was his lifting of his scepter and
extending it towards the person. In order to assure that Achashverosh would
perform this necessary gesture even though he did not order the visit (making
"illegal"), an angel (the third one discussed above) came and extended the
scepter that Achashverosh was holding. With the assistance of the angels,
Esther was admitted to Achashverosh's court without suffering any dire
Achashverosh asked Esther what she wanted. Esther requested that the king and
Haman appear at a private banquet that she was hosting that day. She invited
Haman in order to inspire the Jews to increase their prayers. The Jews would
hear that Esther finally had an audience with the king and that Haman was
there as well. They would assume that as Haman was there, Esther found it
difficult to ask the king to abolish his decree. Esther hoped that the Jews
would then conclude that they could not rely on Esther for their salvation,
and they would therefore increase their prayers to the One that could save
them - G-d. Achashverosh immediately ordered that Haman be brought to the
banquet. Both Haman and Achashverosh arrived at the banquet. During this
feast, Achashverosh again asked Esther what she wanted. Esther wanted to be
absolutely sure that her actions to save the Jews were what G-d wanted. She
therefore postponed any request of salvation from Achashverosh until the next
day. Esther hoped that by then, she would see some sign that what she was
doing was on the right track, and that G-d was happy with her and her
efforts. She told Achashverosh that her request was that the king and Haman
appear at a private banquet that she would be hosting on the next day. The
private banquet ended, and Haman left a very happy man.
Haman left the party in a joyful and exuberant mood. He was clearly in good
standing with the queen, because he was to be at two private parties hosted
by the queen on two consecutive days. He could not ask for more honor. Haman
remained happy until he arrived at the gate, and saw Mordechai. As always,
Mordechai refused to bow to Haman. This slight at a time when Haman was on
top of the world infuriated Haman. He arrived at home and started a bragging
session. He spoke of his wealth, his large family (10 sons), his honor, his
royal position, and finally of the day's events - the private banquet and
subsequent invitation. He then related how all of this meant nothing to him
as long as he kept on seeing Mordechai at the gate. Zeresh, Haman's wife,
gave him some advice. She told him to erect a high gallows upon which
Mordechai would be hung. He should then, early the next morning, when no one
would be around to defend Mordechai, go to Achashverosh and request that
Mordechai be hung. Mordechai would then be hung on the high gallows, so that
all would see what happens to the person who slights the honor of Haman.
Then, once in good spirits, Haman should accompany the king to the banquet.
Haman liked this idea and had the gallows erected right away.
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