A similarly redemptive midrash says that from the marriage of Esther to Ahashverosh
was born Darius II, who became ruler of Persia.
"And Haman said unto King Ahashverosh
: There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse from all people; neither keep they the King's laws; therefore, it is not for the King's profit to suffer them" (Esther 3:8).
Sivitz's figure, $10,000, which appears in several other sources as well, may have been symbolic.(45) Ephraim Deinard, an Orthodox Jewish writer, newspaper correspondent, and bibliophile known for his colorful personality and sharp tongue, compares the $10,000 salaries of American Reform rabbis to the 10,000 silver shekels Haman promised to pay King Ahashverosh
in return for the Jewish people (Scroll of Esther 3:9, 4:7).
Shortly thereafter we are told that Esther found favor in the eyes of Hagay the "guardian of women." Verse 2:9 reads: "The girl pleased him and won his favor." But in case we have doubts about a eunuch's taste in women, we are soon informed that she found favor in all eyes, for 2:15 reads: "Yet Esther won the admiration of all who saw her." No wonder Ahashverosh, the king, was also immediately attracted to her, as the Megillah reads in 2:17: "The king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she won his grace and favor more than all the virgins."
Esther 1 is simply an emissary who passes on the words of one man (Mordekhai) to another (Ahashverosh).