Esther 6:2, Question 2. Why does the verse call the first conspirator Bigsana with an extra aleph?

  • The Alshich and M’nos HaLevi explain that the verse calls the first conspirator Bigsana with an extra letter aleph appended to his name because Haman’s son, to minimize Mordechai’s action, in describing the attempt on the king’s life, wrote “Bigsan o Seresh” (“Bigsan or Seresh”), as if Mordechai didn’t know which. If this were to be the case, then both were thereby punished and killed, one innocently so. Therefore, Mordechai would stand unworthy of reward. The angel, Gavriel, moved the letter vuv in between the names to the end of Bigsan’s name.

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2 responses to “Esther 6:2, Question 2. Why does the verse call the first conspirator Bigsana with an extra aleph?

    • That is correct. The verse is written, “בִּגְתָנָא וָתֶרֶשׁ” According to what we are saying, Haman’s son wanted the verse to read “בִּגְתָנָ אוָ תֶרֶשׁ” The angel pushed the aleph of “oh” one space to the right and the vav of “oh” one space to the left.

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