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Section: Moadim   Category: Megilas Esther
A Question of Life and Death - Vashti The Queen or Queen Vashti?

As the argument between Achashveirosh and his wife Vashti begins to become a public brawl, it starts to spiral out of control. It is interesting to note that in the description of Vashti and her position as queen, the wording changes many times throughout this perek. In pasukim 9, 11, 16, and 17 Vashti is referred to as Vashti Hamalkah, while in pasukim 12 and 15 she is Malkah Vashti; the words are reversed.

The mefarshim say that the two terms are to stress different reasons for her greatness. Was she Vashti, a person who later became queen by marrying Achashveirosh, or was she the potential queen even before she was a simple person named Vashti?

Achashveirosh was apparently claiming that her power was all from him, and that is why she should listen to him, while she was clearly informing her husband that since she was the daughter of the previous king, her stature as queen was established well before Achashveirosh married her.

It was a fight over ego, and that is why as it became more public, it became more apparent there wasn't going to be a good ending. Overblown egos don't just ruin marriages - they ruin lives.

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