Esther 1:7, Question 1. Why were the vessels at the party different from each other?

זוְהַשְׁקוֹת בִּכְלֵי זָהָב וְכֵלִים מִכֵּלִים שׁוֹנִים וְיֵין מַלְכוּת רָב כְּיַד הַמֶּלֶךְ

7. And the drinks were in golden vessels, and each vessel was different, and great royal wine like the king’s reach.

According to Rav Dovid Feinstein, similar, not different, utensils are usually used as a sign of wealth and honor. Why, then, would Achashverosh use different vessels for each person? It could be that something hand-crafted individually for each person is better still. Nevertheless, the Talmud (Megillah 12a) and Midrash (Esther Rabba 2:1) make a similar point in pronouncing these items as the vessels of the Beis HaMikdash, not just different from each other, but different from any other vessels on the face of the earth. Achashverosh, as we shall see, was undoubtedly trying to make a point using these sacred vessels.


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