Mosaic Weinberg

Midrash Esther: Mordekhai and Haman in the Streets of Shushan

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Mar 4, 2020
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Midrash Purim 

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Midr'shei Hazal often take on the spirit of the text being expounded and Midrash Esther Rabbah and its eastern companion, the Babylonian Esther Midrash (Masekhet Megilah 11-17) are no exception. The subtle and sharp humof/satire of the Megilah are expounded and expanded in the various Midrashim on the story of Esther, Ahashverosh, Mordekhai and Haman. In this shiur, we explore two versions of a Midrashic sequence, "filling in the blanks" on the interaction between Haman and Mordekhai when the former is directed - per his own suggestion! - to lead his Jewish foe on a royal horse through the streets of Shushan.

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