Decrees and Sufficient Time for the Jews to Save Themselves


OS 306 Purim

, 12 years


  1. Haman made two decrees. The first was to destroy the entire Jewish People. The second was that everyone should be ready and prepared for something special on the 13th of Adar. The decree that the Jews should be killed was secret. The Vilna Gaon explains that the reason that Haman kept the first decree secret was in order to prevent the Jews from escaping in any way.


    • Esther 3:13,14
    • Vilna Gaon, commentary to Megillat Esther

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