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Ahasuerus: (4th century BCE) King of Persia, husband of Vashti and Esther. At the advice of his minister Haman, he issued a decree that all Jews should be killed. At Esther's insistence, he issued a second decree, allowing the Jews to defend themselves, rendering the first decree ineffective, as recorded in the Scroll of Esther which is read every year on Purim.
The Talmud on the Megillah, Lesson 6
King Achashverosh’s Quests and Savagery
Delve into the opening words of Megillat Esther in this fascinating Talmud class, which reads into names with incredible depth and insight. Get a peek into the twisted soul and psyche of this ancient Emperor whose royal ambition, ruthless military conques...
A Brief Retelling of the Book of Esther (Megillah)
The characters of the Purim story come alive in this brief rendition of the miraculous tale. See G-d's delivering hand veiled behind a fascinating story of palace intrigue...
Kabalistic insights into the king in the story of Purim
The meaning behind Achashveirosh choosing a Queen from a Kabalistic standpoint.
An insight into the story of Purim and what each character represents.
When I was sixteen, I went to Israel for two months and gained about twenty pounds. I had been thin, even skinny, my whole life and never gave my weight a second thought...
An insight into the story of the Megillah: The reason why Purim was given its name; the laws of Purim, the reason why the Megillah is the only book in the entire Torah that does not have the name of G-d even once and more.
Purim, 5732 · February 29, 1972
The Night the King Woke Up…
"On that night the king's sleep was disturbed…" Taken literally this verse refers to King Achashverosh. But the Midrash explains a deeper dimension: "The sleep of the King of the universe was disturbed" - G-d Himself "woke up."
Esther did not want to be taken to the palace. Not only was she an upright Jewish girl who abhorred the notion of marriage to a gentile vile king, she was actually already married!
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