Esther 1:7, Question 2. Why was Achashverosh not punished for using the vessels of the Beis HaMikdash?

  • According to Meam Loez, Achashverosh was not punished because history still need him at this point in order to bring Esther into the story.
  • According to the Maharal, there is a simultaneously more practical and more spiritual answer. Once Balshatzar (in the fifth chapter of the book of Daniel) used the vessels, they became chullin (no longer holy), and no longer subject to punishment from misuse.
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2 responses to “Esther 1:7, Question 2. Why was Achashverosh not punished for using the vessels of the Beis HaMikdash?

  1. But did Achashverosh get punnished at all for any of this? Using the vessels was not the only thing that he did, he clearly wanted to help whipe out the Jews and was joyful of the fact that Hashem “was not with us”.

  2. Good question. I think that we would expect Achashverosh to be punished immediately for such behavior, as Balshatzar was. Eventually, Divine justice being what It is, I imagine Achashverosh gets his just desserts.

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