Saturday, September 29, 2007


Reb Shmuel the Badchan said over by the Beis Yisroel’s wedding: Esther instructed Mordechai: Go and gather all the Jews, leich kenos es kal hayehudim. Don’t read the word ‘kenos’ with a ‘kaf,’ meaning gather, but rather with a ‘kuf,’ meaning penalize.

The Jewish people were being sold for the purpose of being destroyed. Esther instructed Mordechai to issue a monetary fine against all the Jews.

Her rationality for this was as follows: Our Gemora states: Anytime that there is a fine (a girl twelve tears old), there cannot be a sale (the father is not entitled to sell his daughter as a maidservant). If the Jewish people would be fined, they cannot be sold.