Purim - Thorny Business
What is the significance of Haman being hanged on a tree?
When Haman became infuriated with Mordechai for not bowing before him as everyone else did, his wicked wife Zeresh advised him to plot a death for Mordechai that none of his ancestors had ever escaped from. She argued, “If you cast him into a fiery furnace, Chananiya and his companions have already been saved from one. If you seize him to die in prison, Joseph has already emerged from one. If you exile him to perish in the wilderness, his forefathers have already been delivered from one. Rather, hang him on a tree, since we do not find that any of his people have ever escaped such a death.”
“And the matter was good before Haman and he made the tree-scaffold.”(Esther 5:14)
What type of tree was it? Our Sages taught that when Haman decided to prepare the scaffold,
Then the thorn came before
When his servants brought the tree before Haman, he delighted himself in posturing himself toward it to demonstrate to them how Mordechai would hang from it. At that moment, a voice from Heaven called and said, “As he gestures in jest, so this tree is in fact prepared for him. Let Haman hang from the tree he prepares for Mordechai!”