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וַיְזָתָא בֶּן הָמָן (אסתר ט:ט)
המן 's ten sons are hanged following his downfall. ויזתא is one of them.
וַנְיָה (עזרא י:לו)
father of נַחְבִּי
וַשְׁתִּי (אסתר א)
Wife of אֲחַשְׁוֵרוֹשׁ and queen of Persia. At the beginning of the book of אסתר , ושתי is seen hosting a banquet for women. At the same time, the king is busy with his own party which he has thrown for the citizens of the capital city, שׁוּשַׁן . אחשורוש calls upon ושתי to make an appearance at the men's gathering, with the intention of displaying her beauty to his guests. ושתי refuses the king's request, greatly angering the king. אחשורוש consults with his advisors, asking them how to handle the recalcitrant queen. The sages are worried lest ושתי 's behaviour set a precedent in the kingdom and lead to widespread disobedience among the populace's women. מְמֻכָן advises אחשורוש to replace ושתי with another queen and to issue an edict that all wives must obey their husbands. ושתי 's stand and subsequent removal make room for the book's heroine, אֶסְתֵּר , to assume the throne.