1 That night, sleep deserted the king, and he ordered the book of records, the annals, to be brought; and it was read to 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-ra-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 That night
Upon careful reading of Megillat Esther, it becomes clear that “that night” was the second night of Pesach. Since Haman’s letters had been sent out on the thirteenth day of Nissan, and Esther called for three days of fasting, the first banquet took place on the sixteenth of Nissan. The Talmud (Megila 16a) relates that when Haman looked for Mordechai in order to lead him around the city, he found the Jewish Sage teaching the laws of the Omer offering, which was offered in the Temple on the second day of Passover. When granted permission to rebuild the Beit Hamikdash by Cyrus, the Jews did not heed the call, and only a small minority returned to Yerushalayim. Hoping to rectify this sin which potentially brought about Haman’s decree of annihilation, Mordechai was teaching about the Temple and its laws. Though in exile, the Jews have remained connected to Yerushalayim and the Holy Temple through the study of Torah.