Esther 2:21, Question 1. Why does the verse emphasize that this occurred “in those days?”

כא בַּיָּמִים הָהֵם וּמָרְדֳּכַי ישֵׁב בְּשַׁעַרהַמֶּלֶךְ קָצַף בִּגְתָ֨ן וָתֶ֜רֶשׁ שְׁנֵיסָרִיסֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ מִשֹּׁמְרֵי הַסַּף וַיְבַקְשׁוּ לִשְׁלֹחַ יָד בַּמֶּלֶךְ אֲחַשְׁוֵרשׁ

21. In those days – and Mordechai was sitting at the king’s gate – Bigsan and Seresh became angry with the king, two eunuchs of the king guarding his doorstep, and they sought/ requested to send out the hand to the king Achashverosh.

Rabbi Dovid Feinstein writes that the phrase “in those days” is meant to emphasize that H-Shem set up the saving of the Jews long before the threat to Jewish existence. As we have said before, H-Shem always prepares the cure before the advent of the ailment (Talmud, Megillah 13b).

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