Esther 2:4, Question 1. Why do the advisers stress that the new queen will be instead of/ under Vashti?

ד וְהַנַּעֲרָה אֲשֶׁר תִּיטַב בְּעֵינֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ תִּמְלֹךְ תַּחַת וַשְׁתִּי וַיִּיטַב הַדָּבָר בְּעֵינֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ וַיַּעַשׂ כֵּן

4. “And the young woman who is good in the king’s eyes will rule under/ instead of Vashti.” And the matter was good in the eyes of the king, and he did so.

  • According to Rabbi Eliezer Ashkenazi, the advisers stress that the new queen would be lesser in stature from Vashti. This would benefit the king, as he may have felt somewhat inferior to Vashti, having come into royalty from common stock (as we said in previous blogs), whereas Vashti was born into royalty (as we also said in previous blogs).
  • Indeed, as the Yalkut Shimoni (Esther 2) points out, Achashverosh found a woman who was indeed “good in the king’s eyes,” – Esther being good in the eyes of the King of Kings.
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