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Studying with Ewa Gordon. Topic: Megillat Esther (Book of Esther) with Rashi's commentaries and Talmudic stories from the Tractate Megillah. Part 5

19:00 h
13 Feb

ewa gordon estera - netAnd the King said to Esther, "What concerns you, Queen Esther, and what is your petition? Even to half the Kingdom, it will be given to you." (Esther 5:3)

Even to half the Kingdom: To the center and half of the entire Kingdom. That marked the location of the Temple, which they started to build in the days of Cyrus, but he reneged and commanded the work be discontinued, and Ahasuerus, who succeeded him, also followed this command. The simple meaning of the verse is: Even if you request half the Kingdom from me, I will give it to you. (Rashi's commentary on Ester 5:3)