Esther 2:17, Question 4. Why does the verse emphasize that Esther was chosen in the place of Vashti?

The Midrash (Esther Rabbah 6:11) teaches that these words emphasize that Achashverosh had icons (paintings and statues) of Vashti throughout the palace, and they were razed to make room for icons of Esther “in the place of” Vashti’s image. Maharal reminds us that this part of the story occurred three years after the death of Vashti, and yet Achashverosh still mourned his wife.

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