Equally twisted with hatred, the King places blind trust in his Prime Minister – handing him the royal signet ring and effectively granting unlimited power to deal with his “Jewish Problem.” Haman could now “sign” a royal edict legalizing genocide in Achashvairosh’s own name. This extraordinary act-of-empowerment is viewed by the Talmud as Heavenly ordained; as it serves to catalyze an unprecedented wave of religious return eclipsing the power of the prophets and their inspired messages! A discussion about biblical “origins” for Purim then ensues. (Tractate Megillah 14a)

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