Esther 1:7, Question 3. What does the phrase “kiyad hamelech” “like the king’s reach” come to add to the sentence?

  • Achashverosh, having a large kingdom, had a large “stretch” – an ability to get lots of different kinds of wine. Class participant RG points out that this would further stroke the king’s ego.
  • The Sfas Emes suggests that Achashverosh, always conscious of his surroundings, would typically only drink enough wine to keep himself from being tipsy. That way, he would be restrained from giving away state secrets. The fact that he drank more in this instance is another hidden, miraculous event that led to saving of the Jews in Persia.
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