Esther 1:18, Question 1. Why does Memuchan stress “today?”

יח וְהַיּוֹם הַזֶּה תֹּאמַרְנָה ׀ שָׂרוֹת פָּרַסוּמָדַי אֲשֶׁר שָׁמְעוּ אֶתדְּבַר הַמַּלְכָּה לְכֹל שָׂרֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ וּכְדַי בִּזָּיוֹן וָקָצֶף

18. “And today, the female [wives of the] ministers of Persia and Medea who heard the word/ matter of the queen say [this] to all of the ministers of the king, causing disrespect and anger.”

According to the Malbim, the memory was still fresh for the witnesses. They could recount the minutest detail of Achashverosh’s disregard towards his new wife, from the heinous request itself to the sending of chamberlains in what should have been done through more official means.


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