Esther 6:6, Question 2. Why does Achashverosh not ask about honoring Mordechai directly?

  • According to the Malbim, Achashverosh does not ask about honoring Mordechai directly because he knew Haman would think he is referring to him, and Achashverosh wanted to transfer Haman’s greatness – now, clearly unearned – to Mordechai, who really deserved it.
  • The Me’am Loez writes that Achashverosh wanted to see if his dream of Haman intending to kill him was true.
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