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1. The Gemara cites rules about names of people that appear in the Torah.
2. Similarly (to #1), there are rules that determine when a person mentioned in the Torah is righteous or evil.
3. The Gemara lists the four most beautiful women in the world: Sarah, Rachav, Avigayil, and Esther.
4. Some say that Hasach, the messenger of Esther in the Megilah, was in fact Daniel.
5. The Gemara records many opinions for why Esther invited Haman to the meals along with Achashverosh.


1. For example, if a prophet is described by the Torah as the son of a certain person, it is clear that his father was also a prophet. If his city is mentioned, he was from that city; if not, he was from Yerushalayim.
2. If a person is mentioned in the Torah as having done a good deed and it also mentions his ancestors, it is clear that they, too, were righteous. If a person is mentioned as having done a bad deed and it mentions his ancestors, they, too, were clearly evil.
3. According to the opinion that Esther was green, Vashti is on the list instead.
4. He had become less important in the kingdom. While in the days of Belshatzar he was a high-ranking officer, he was now a regular officer.
5. The Gemara relates that Rabah bar Avuha saw Eliyahu ha'Navi and asked him which reason was correct. He said that all of them were correct, as they were all part of Esther's intentions.

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