Esther – Chapter 10

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By Rabbi Jack Abramowitz

Ahasuerus only increased in power and he imposed a tax on his vassal states. All of his acts and the story of Mordechai’s advancement were recorded in the chronicles of the land. Mordechai became the king’s “first officer” and he represented the needs of the Jews, most of whom approved of him.

Why did only “most” Jews approve of Mordechai? Why not “all?” Realistically, no politician in history has ever enjoyed a 100% approval rating. In Mordechai’s case, he was a scholar and a member of the Sanhedrin. There were those who felt his government ties interfered with his duties as a religious leader. (The Ibn Ezra adds that it’s also inevitable that some people will be jealous and resentful.)

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