Esther 5:8, Question 2. Why does Esther say the party is “lahem” (“for them”) in the plural?

  • The M’nos HaLevi writes that Esther uses the plural form of lahem (“for them”) in order to equate Haman and Achashverosh. The affect of this would be Achashverosh’s famous jealousy would be aroused.
  • Also, according to the Vilna Gaon, Haman would become more prideful and arrogant (see next verse, Esther 5:9), the most important ingredients of a person’s downfall.
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