Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Megilat Esther: Malach #3


Esther 7:8 says, "And the king returned from the palace garden to the place of the feast of wine, and Haman was falling on the bed on which Esther was seated. And the king said, 'Do you also think to take my wife, with me in the house?" In the following passage, the gemara is sensitive to the word "falling", as well as the narrative difficulty of why Haman would place himself in such a compromising position:

"'And Haman was falling on the bed' - 'Falling'? It should say 'fell'!

Rabbi Elazar explained: This teaches that an angel came and knocked him down on to the bed. Achashverosh declared, "Woe is me from my house, woe is me from outside [see the preceding email for the events outside]!"

(Talmud, Megilah 16a)

Have a great day,


  1. In which midrash do all these angels appear? It seems that it was difficult for Chazal to acceot the lack of outright divine intervention in the Megilla, hence all the angelic activity.

  2. Hi David,

    All three are in one sequence in the gemara in Megilah that I cited.

    What you mention is one possibility; I have a few thoughts on it.