Esther 3:9, Question 1. Why does Haman stress that the decree should be written?

ט אִםעַלהַמֶּלֶךְ טוֹב יִכָּתֵב לְאַבְּדָם וַעֲשֶׂרֶת אֲלָפִים כִּכַּרכֶּסֶף אֶשְׁקוֹל עַליְדֵי עֹשֵׂי הַמְּלָאכָה לְהָבִיא אֶלגִּנְזֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ

9. If it is good for the king, it should be written to destroy them. And ten thousand loaves of silver will be weighed out through the doers of work to be brought to the king’s treasury.”

The Ben Ish Chai writes that the grammatical structure of the word “yikasev” (“it should be written”) is binyan nifal, or future passive. In other words, Haman is reassuring the king that he will be held blameless for the actions taken against the Jews, thus preserving his reputation in history. In Haman’s view, all that the king needs to do is allow the populace to take care of their Jewish question – without even ordering it – and the citizens will find the means by which to plan and execute the task on their own.

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