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    Esther’s intermarriage – Ask the Rabbi

    Q. How can we think so highly of Queen Esther since she married out?

    Painting depicting Esther & Mordechai, 1685

    Painting depicting Esther & Mordechai, 1685

    A. The Talmud (Sanhedrin 74b) discusses the question, offering the views of Abayye and Rava.

    Both recognise that there is a problem but defend her on the basis that she did not act willingly or voluntarily but was caught up in a situation she would not have chosen.

    It was, however, not a time of religious persecution, and she was not required to sacrifice her life rather than commit this transgression.

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