Esther 4:16, Question 2. Why does Esther specify the need to get the Jews of Shushan?

  • The Vilna Gaon says Esther specified gathering the Jews of Shushan because it was impossible under the constraints of communication technology then, to gather more than that.
  • The Me’am Loez writes that, by participating in Achashverosh’s feast, the Jews of Shushan literally committed the sin for which this threat to their existence is the punishment.
  • The Sfas Emes proves this parallel by pointing out that the phrase “nimtza’im baShushan” (“found in Shushan”) is found both there (Esther 1:5) and here.

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