- Midrash Rebbe Akiva ben Yosef al Osion Ketanos writes that the small letter zayin in Vayizasa hints to the seven negative characteristics which Haman ascribed to the Jews (Esther 3:8):
– they are singular
– they are spread apart
– they are splintered among themselves
– they are everywhere
– their laws are different from ours
6.dasei hamelech einamosim – they ignore your law
– they are not worth keeping
חוְאֵת ׀ פּוֹרָתָא וְאֵת ׀ אֲדַלְיָאוְאֵת ׀ אֲרִידָתָא
8.And Porasa and Adalya and Aridasa.
טוְאֵת ׀ פַּרְמַשְׁתָּא וְאֵת ׀ אֲרִיסַיוְאֵת ׀ אֲרִדַי וְאֵת ׀ וַיְזָתָא
9. And Parmashta and Arisai and Aridai and Vayizasa.
- The Talmud (Megillah 16b) explains that the large letter vuv indicates that all of Haman’s sons were hanged on one, long pole.
- In particular, R’ Moshe Dovid Valle writes that Vayizasa was chosen for this message because his hate of the Jews was the greatest.
ו חוּר כַּרְפַּס וּתְכֵלֶת אָחוּז בְּחַבְלֵי–בוּץ וְאַרְגָּמָן עַל–גְּלִילֵי כֶסֶף וְעַמּוּדֵי שֵׁשׁ מִטּוֹת זָהָב וָכֶסֶף עַל רִצְפַת בַּהַט–וָשֵׁשׁ וְדַר וְסֹחָרֶת
6. Chur, karpas, and blue were held with fine linen cords on silver rods and marble pillars; couches of gold and silver were on floors of bahat and marble and dar and sochares.
According to Rav Shlomo Alkabetz, the famed kabbalist and author of the song Licha Dodi, one of the reasons for the large letter “ches” is due to its gematria (8) being the same as the number of clothes worn by the Kohen Gadol, and is thus yet another indication (as before) that Achashverosh was wearing priestly clothing.