Esther 1:9, Question 1. Why does the verse emphasize that Vashti “also” had a feast?

ט גַּם וַשְׁתִּי הַמַּלְכָּה עָשְׂתָה מִשְׁתֵּה נָשִׁים בֵּית הַמַּלְכוּת אֲשֶׁר לַמֶּלֶךְ אֲחַשְׁוֵרוֹשׁ

9. And also Vashti the Queen made a feast of women in the royal house which is Achashverosh the King’s.

  • Vashti’s party was a mirror of her husband’s. According to the Midrash (Esther Rabba 3:9), she also wore the clothing of the Kohen Gadol, and also served foods and drinks to satisfy her guests.
  • The Maharal (Ohr Chadash) points out that she served drinks in the quantities that women enjoy. In this regard, it is interesting to note that the gematria of Vashti (716) is equivalent to (and even has the same letters as) “vayesht” (Bireishis 9:21), a verb for drinking, and the gematria of Achashverosh (821) is equivalent to “vihishkisa” (Bamidbar 20:8), another verb with a synonymous meaning.

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