Esther 4:4, Question 1. Why do Esther’s servants need to come to her?

  • According to the Malbim, the most obvious reason for Esther’s servants feeling the need to come to her is because Mordechai went up to the king’s gate, and no further (see above 4:2), so he was outside of Esther’s view.
  • Yosef Lekach, however, points out that the verse first mentions Esther’s young maidens, and only then her chamberlains. Perhaps this indicates Esther’s achievements in the area of keeping her male and female servants separate. The second group did not even know that the first group had just rendered their job redundant.
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