Esther 2:13, Question 2. What did the young woman request from Achashverosh?

  • According to Rashi, the girls requested entertainment and music, whereas Rav Galico says they asked for jewelry and clothes. The Rema notes that, either way, Esther’s competition asked for physical things. This is one reason the spiritual Esther requested nothing (as we shall see in Esther 2:15).
  • The Malbim says the women asked for gifts with the understanding that, by receiving whatever they requested, they would be implicitly giving their consent to have relations with the king.

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