Esther 5:5, Question 2. Why does Achashverosh specify that his attendance is from Esther’s command?

  • R’ Elisha Galico and the Malbim explain that Achashverosh specified Haman’s attendance was mandatory. This slapped Haman’s pride, which was one of Esther’s intentions.
  • The Dena Pishra writes that although Esther commanded his being there, Haman went for his own reasons – pride and bragging rights.
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