Esther 1:19, Question 3. If we learned in an earlier post that the king needs to consult advisers before issuing laws, what is Memuchan suggesting here?

  • According to Rabbi Eliezer Ashkenazi in Yosef Lekach, Memuchan is suggesting here that the king abolish that custom stated previously regarding the king asking advice before any major decision.
  • The Vilna Gaon notes that this relates exclusively to matters of state. As noted by many, the poetic justice in this – rather, the mida kineged mida – is that the king will later be able to simply hang Haman/ Memuchan by proclaiming “hang him,” (Esther 7:9), with no need for the consultation Memuchan himself spurned.

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