1 On that night could not the king sleep; and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles, and they were read before the king.
ba-LAI-lah ha-HU na-d’-DAH sh’-NAT ha-ME-lekh va-YO-mer l’-ha-VEE et SAY-fer ha-zikh-ro-NOT div-RAY ha-ya-MEEM va-yih-YU nik-re-EEM lif-NAY ha-ME-lekh
א בַּלַּיְלָה הַהוּא נָדְדָה שְׁנַת הַמֶּלֶךְ וַיֹּאמֶר לְהָבִיא אֶת סֵפֶר הַזִּכְרֹנוֹת דִּבְרֵי הַיָּמִים וַיִּהְיוּ נִקְרָאִים לִפְנֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ.
6:1 On that night
Upon careful reading of the Book of Esther, it becomes clear that “that night” was the second night of Passover. The Talmud relates that when Haman looked for Mordecai in order to lead him around the city, he found him teaching Jewish Sages the laws of the ‘Omer’ offering which was offered in the Temple on the second night of Passover. When granted permission to rebuild the Temple by Cyrus, the Jews did not heed the call, and only a small minority returned to Jerusalem. Hoping to rectify this sin which potentially brought about Haman’s decree of annihilation, Mordecai was teaching about the Temple and its laws. Though in exile, the Jews must forever remain connected to Jerusalem and the Holy Land.
3 And the king said: ‘What honour and dignity hath been done to Mordechai for this?’ Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him: ‘There is nothing done for him.’
ג וַיֹּאמֶר הַמֶּלֶךְ מַה נַּעֲשָׂה יְקָר וּגְדוּלָּה לְמָרְדֳּכַי עַל זֶה וַיֹּאמְרוּ נַעֲרֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ מְשָׁרְתָיו לֹא נַעֲשָׂה עִמּוֹ דָּבָר.
5 And the king’s servants said unto him: ‘Behold, Haman standeth in the court.’ And the king said: ‘Let him come in.’
ה וַיֹּאמְרוּ נַעֲרֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ אֵלָיו הִנֵּה הָמָן עֹמֵד בֶּחָצֵר וַיֹּאמֶר הַמֶּלֶךְ יָבוֹא.
6 So Haman came in. And the king said unto him: ‘What shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour?’–Now Haman said in his heart: ‘Whom would the king delight to honour besides myself?’–
7 And Haman said unto the king: ‘For the man whom the king delighteth to honour,
ז וַיֹּאמֶר הָמָן אֶל הַמֶּלֶךְ אִישׁ אֲשֶׁר הַמֶּלֶךְ חָפֵץ בִּיקָרוֹ.
8 let royal apparel be brought which the king useth to wear, and the horse that the king rideth upon, and on whose head a crown royal is set;
ח יָבִיאוּ לְבוּשׁ מַלְכוּת אֲשֶׁר לָבַשׁ בּוֹ הַמֶּלֶךְ וְסוּס אֲשֶׁר רָכַב עָלָיו הַמֶּלֶךְ וַאֲשֶׁר נִתַּן כֶּתֶר מַלְכוּת בְּרֹאשׁוֹ.
9 and let the apparel and the horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most noble princes, that they may array the man therewith whom the king delighteth to honour, and cause him to ride on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaim before him: Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delighteth to honour.’
ט וְנָתוֹן הַלְּבוּשׁ וְהַסּוּס עַל יַד אִישׁ מִשָּׂרֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ הַפַּרְתְּמִים וְהִלְבִּישׁוּ אֶת הָאִישׁ אֲשֶׁר הַמֶּלֶךְ חָפֵץ בִּיקָרוֹ וְהִרְכִּיבֻהוּ עַל הַסּוּס בִּרְחוֹב הָעִיר וְקָרְאוּ לְפָנָיו כָּכָה יֵעָשֶׂה לָאִישׁ אֲשֶׁר הַמֶּלֶךְ חָפֵץ בִּיקָרוֹ.
10 Then the king said to Haman: ‘Make haste, and take the apparel and the horse, as thou hast said, and do even so to Mordechai the Yehudi, that sitteth at the king’s gate; let nothing fail of all that thou hast spoken.’
11 Then took Haman the apparel and the horse, and arrayed Mordechai, and caused him to ride through the street of the city, and proclaimed before him: ‘Thus shall it be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour.’
יא וַיִּקַּח הָמָן אֶת הַלְּבוּשׁ וְאֶת הַסּוּס וַיַּלְבֵּשׁ אֶת מָרְדֳּכָי וַיַּרְכִּיבֵהוּ בִּרְחוֹב הָעִיר וַיִּקְרָא לְפָנָיו כָּכָה יֵעָשֶׂה לָאִישׁ אֲשֶׁר הַמֶּלֶךְ חָפֵץ בִּיקָרוֹ.
13 And Haman recounted unto Zeresh his wife and all his friends every thing that had befallen him. Then said his wise men and Zeresh his wife unto him: ‘If Mordechai, before whom thou hast begun to fall, be of the seed of the Yehudim, thou shalt not prevail against him, but shalt surely fall before him.’