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Midrash Esther Chapter II: Introduction Print E-mail

Purim“A fool spends all his spirit (Proverbs 29:11).” This applies to Achashveirosh. “But a wise man stills it with in him,” this applies to God, Who calmed Achashveirosh In the same way as it says, “who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the tumult of the peoples (Psalms 65:8).”


The midrash introduces the actual parties of Achashveirsoh as a description of a foolish king spending his spirit, but the ensuing events being God calming the foolish king.

The midrash is telling us that Vashti's refusal to obey Achashveirosh and his decision that followed were God's way of calming and otherwise foolish King.

We will keep this in mind as we study the midrash on the party and what followed.

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