Esther 4:15, Question 1. Why does the verse add the seemingly unnecessary “lihashiv,” or “reply?”

טו וַתֹּאמֶר אֶסְתֵּר לְהָשִׁיב אֶלמָרְדֳּכָי

15. And Esther said to reply to Mordechai.

  • Quoting a verse from Mishlei (25:13), the M’nos HaLevi writes that this kind of language implies the use of gentle words.
  • According to the Alshich, the two verbs in this verse refer to two separate messages – one public, and one private. Publicly, Esther wants it to seem that she is befriending Haman. Her private message to Mordechai was to convince the Jews to pray.

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