The following shiur was delivered by Rabbi Shloime Pollak, Daf Yomi maggid shiur at the Sterling Forest Beis Medrash in Lakewood.
Historians have long struggled to identify Esther Hamalkah.
Assuming Achashveirosh is in fact Xerxes, the forth known major Persian king, historians relate his queen to be Amestris, the daughter of a military commander, and not the daughter of Mordechai, a member of the Sanhedrin….
The options that have been proposed thus far, are:
1. Amestris refers to Vashti.
2. Esther was only a lesser wife.
3. Historians got it all wrong.
We suggest that Esther WAS the daughter of a military commander….
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