Were Haman’s sons hanged twice?


Why did Esther ask the King to hang the ten sons of Haman who were already dead?


∼ Subash


Dear Subash,

We’re going to answer your question with another question. Why are Jews obligated to hear the Book of Esther read from a handwritten scroll on Purim, the Feast of Esther?  Meanwhile, the Book of Maccabees relating the historical events of the holiday of Chanukah, plays no religious role on the festival of Chanukah and is not even included in the Tanach.

The reason is that the Book of Maccabees is a historical work while the Book of Esther is a religious work, composed with Divine Guidance.  It relates not only to things that happened in Persia in ancient times, but has prophecy and relevance for all time. It contains prophecies and revelations still unfolding.

Haman and his sons are part of the people of Amalek. While many nations have persecuted Jews, they do not all belong to Amalek. For example, the Spanish Inquisition or Russian pogroms were horrendous – but they did not stem from Amalek. There are very specific characteristics that mark Amalek. Haman fits those categories as did the Nazis and today Islamic fanatics share many of those traits as well.

For this reason, in chapter nine after Haman’s sons were already hanged, Esther asks for them to be hanged again. A hint we will give you is that Esther is not asking King Achashveirosh to do this, she is actually asking the King of the world to do this at another time in the future when Amalek will rise again.

For a mind-exploding revelation of one of the prophecies concerning the sons of Haman that is explicitly clear in the Hebrew of the Book of Esther, please listen to Clash of Destiny: Decoding the Secrets of Israel and Yishmael and look at the enclosed study guide. You will never again think of the events in Persia as limited to history.

May the King watch over us,

Rabbi Daniel and Susan Lapin

6 thoughts on “Were Haman’s sons hanged twice?”

  1. In your television show, you said that Haman had 11 sons and that one committed suicide just like in the Nuremburg Trials. I couldn’t find that in the Bible, where did you get that detail?

    1. Rabbi Daniel Lapin

      Dear Jay–
      Yes, I recall that Ancient Jewish Wisdom television show http://www.tct.tv/watch-tct/on-demand-ajw and yes, in the chapter describing the hanging of the ten sons of Haman in the Book of Esther, ancient Jewish wisdom points out certain incongruities and anomalies in the Hebrew text that can only make sense if they indicate another 11th Haman child who died by suicide.

      1. Daniel Rosenfelder

        I have just seen this in researching the ’10 sons of Hamnan’ on on line. You may be interested to know that according to tradition Haman DID have eleven sons, the eleventh one being Shimshai. He is mentioned in the Yotzer said on Shabbat P Zochor — and is referred to in Ezra 4:8ff; he was scribe to the governor in Jerusalem and instrumental in reporting the returning Jews’ rebuilding of the temple without cnsent. This was duly stopped by the king from Shushan — and only resumed after Cyrus, son of Darius (son of Esther nd Ahasuerus?) allowed them to carry on.

        Kind regards.

        Daniel Rosenfelder (daniel@rosenfelder.co.uk)
        PW BTW are you related to a Rabbi Lapin from S Africa who lived in Golder Green with a young family in, I beleive, the ’50s — and of whom I have v fond memories.

        1. Rabbi Daniel Lapin

          Thanks for writing Daniel–
          There’s much interesting information on Haman’s sons and a daughter and because some of that portion of Megilat Esther is written in future tense, there are reasons to associate the ten hanged sons with the ten hanged Nuremberg defendants in March 1946. But that is too vast and complex for here and now. Regarding your P.S. yes, my parents brought their family to live in Golders Green in 1957. We were there for something under a year. I have fond memories of the parks, the synagogue and the Menorah school I attended.

  2. Dorothy Czajkowski

    Dear Rabbi Lapin,
    Julius Streicher, Nazi editor and publisher of the anti-Semitic newspaper, “Das Strummer” wrote one of many vitriolic articles – notably in 1924, “Das Purimfest” (The Festival of Purim).
    He must have been well acquainted with Jewish traditions and practices, not just to write and rant about but the parallel at the time of his death in Nuremberg was very striking!
    Taking into context Hitler’s obsession with immortality, occultism, Kabbalah, etc., the story line behind Steven Spielberg’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) doesn’t seem far fetched at all!

    1. Dorothy, from our research, we would say that you are speaking more truth than you even realize. There is a tremendous amount of amazing material on the topic.

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