Esther 3:9, Question 4. Why does Haman mention the people who are going to perform the action?

  • R’ Yehonason Eibshutz writes that Haman mentions the people who are going to perform the action because the potential Jew-killers involved in this massacre would themselves be willing to pay the money for the opportunity to participate in this endeavor.
  • Even according to the Malbim, who feels Haman is tricking the king into thinking Haman’s plan is to acculturate the foreign Jews, he writes that Haman here is stressing that this will not cost the king anything. People would volunteer, as they have throughout history, to help in the altruistic effort of helping this strange lot become more palatably Persian.
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