With this new stature, Persians bowed down to Haman when he passed, but Mordekhai did not.
After the first banquet was over, when Haman was leaving, he noticed that Mordekhai did not bow down to him.
The king then told Haman that he was to be the noble and Mordekhai the man to be honored.
She told the king that she was a Jew and that Mordekhai was her uncle.
Because Persian laws could not be revoked, Mordekhai could not change the law ordering the killing of the Jews.
One version may have claimed that she was his foster child, probably reading as follows: "He was foster father to Hadassah -- that is, Esther -- his uncle's daughter, for she had neither father nor mother, and, when her father and mother died, Mordekhai adopted her as his own daughter.
The other version may have seen her as being Mordekhai's wife, probably reading something like this: "Hadassah -- that is, Esther -- his uncle's daughter, was shapely and beautiful, and Mordekhai took her as a wife.
Hence, the image of Esther as derived from the introducing verse is set: young, beautiful and totally dependent on her provider (foster father or husband) Mordekhai.
The Megillah states in 2:10: "Esther did not reveal her people or her kindred, for Mordekhai had told her not to reveal it.
In 2:11, Mordekhai, in his concern about her, was worried about what would be done to her.
She was raised and cared for by Mordekhai (taken as a wife?
For example, if people did not technically eat "together," such as at separte tables or separate rooms, they are not required to form a zimmun but may do so (Shiltei Gibborim to Mordekhai
, Brakhot 7:5; Drisha 193:2; Bi'ur Halakhah 193:2, s.