Esther 4:13, Question 2. Why does the verse use the word “binafshech” in reference to imagination?

  • The Malbim interprets the verse’s use of the word “binafshech “as Mordechai’s manner of reminding Esther that her position as queen was not for her own self, but for the sake of the Jewish nation. This is true for all people. H-Shem puts us in our situation for the good of the entire world, even when we cannot see this.
  • The M’nos HaLevi writes that Mordechai was telling Esther that her physical body would survive an attack against the Jews, but her spiritual soul (nefesh) would be forever scarred.
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