Esther 4:4, Question 4. Why did Esther’s servants have to tell her anything at all?

  • The reason Esther’s servants had to tell her anything at all instead of Esther merely seeing for herself, the Maharal writes, is that Esther’s high level of tznius, modesty, prevented her from even glancing out of windows.
  • Rav Galico adds that Esther’s extreme privacy allowed her to stay aloof of goings-on outside the palace.
  • Yosef Lekach points out that, despite her modesty and privacy, the entire palace knew about Esther’s and Mordechai’s concern for each other, but they did not know the reason for this.

Esther 1:14, Question 1. Why does the verse mention that these officers were close to Achashverosh?

יד וְהַקָּרֹב אֵלָיו כַּרְשְׁנָא שֵׁתָר אַדְמָתָא תַרְשִׁישׁ מֶרֶס מַרְסְנָא מְמוּכָן שִׁבְעַת שָׂרֵי פָּרַס וּמָדַי רֹאֵי פְּנֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ הַיּשְׁבִים רִאשֹׁנָה בַּמַּלְכוּת

14. And close to him were Karshena, Shesar, Admasa, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, Memuchan – seven ministers of Persia and Medea – who see the face of the king, first to sit in royalty.

According to the Malbim, the king wanted, more than anything else, to keep this story private, so he chose a group of people “close to him,” who could keep it that way. Achashverosh felt impotent and week, and this was not the image of himself that he wanted projected to his people.