Esther 2:6, Question 2. Why does the verse repeat the root word “galah” (“exile”) several times?

  • According to the Vilna Gaon, the root word “galah” (“exile”) is repeated four times because after being exiled from the Holy Land, Mordechai had such tremendous pain over exile, that he traveled back to Eretz Yisroel, and was exiled again – twice! Furthermore, he adds, the four mentions of that root word also alludes to the four exiles the Jewish people have endured (see Midrash, Bireishis Rabbah 2:4).
  • Rav Dovid Feinstein writes that although Mordechai was young, and not great yet, he forced himself to leave the Holy Land to follow the advice of the Sages (Avos 4:18) and exiled himself to a place of Torah.
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