Esther 4:1, Question 4. Why does the verse stress that Mordechai went out “into the city?”

  • On a simple level, Malbim, writes that Mordechai went out “into the city” to better publicize the decree he just learned. According to the Malbim, this would encourage the Jews to beseech Achasverosh to rescind the decree.
  • Similarly, R’ Mendel Weinbach writes that Mordechai’s intention was to advertise the decree to Achashverosh directly, in case he had not heard of it yet.
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