Esther 2:2, Question 5. Why does the verse contain two expressions to describe the women the king should seek?

  • According to the Vilna Gaon, the advisers suggested finding “young” women rather than old ones and “virgins” rather than experienced women. Seemingly concerned with their own job security, their advice would either help garnish a gentler, more naïve queen, or perhaps they were appealing to the king’s baser nature to assure their popularity with him.
  • The Me’am Lo’ez notes that the advisers considered it beneath the dignity of the king to marry a woman who had been with another man, and may end up comparing the king to him.
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