Esther 4:11, Question 4. Why does the verse describe the king’s scepter?

  • The Maharal writes that gold represents H-Shem’s Characteristic of judgment. It therefore also represents the royalty inherent in deciding cases of life and death.
  • R’ Moshe Dovid Valle writes that the initial letters of “es sharvit hazahav” (“gold scepter”) in the verse spell out “isha” (“female”), representative of H-Shem’s feminine aspect, otherwise known as the Shechina. In other words, it would be this manifestation of H-Shem in the world that would ultimately decide the success or failure of Esther’s current plan of action.

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