Esther 2:6
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6  [Keesh] had been exiled from Yerushalayim in the group that was carried into exile along with King Yechonya of Yehuda, which had been driven into exile by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.—

a-SHER hog-LAH mee-ru-sha-LA-im im ha-go-LAH a-SHER hog-l’-TAH IM y’-khon-YAH ME-lekh y’-hu-DAH a-SHER heg-LAH n’-vu-khad-ne-TZAR ME-lekh ba-VEL

ו  אֲשֶׁר הָגְלָה מִירוּשָׁלַיִם עִם־הַגֹּלָה אֲשֶׁר הָגְלְתָה עִם יְכָנְיָה מֶלֶךְ־יְהוּדָה אֲשֶׁר הֶגְלָה נְבוּכַדְנֶאצַּר מֶלֶךְ בָּבֶל׃

 2:6   Had been exiled from Yerushalayim

When chanted aloud in the synagogue on Purim, this verse is read in the same solemn tune as Megillat Eicha, since it mentions the exile of the Jewish people. The Vilna Gaon points out that the verb ‘carried away’ (ג-ל-ה) is mentioned three times in this verse, alluding to the fact that Mordechai was actually carried away from Israel three times. At the end of the first Temple period, the Jews were exiled from the Land of Israel in three stages, and Mordechai participated in all three of these. In love with the land, Mordechai returned after being forced to leave, was exiled again, and stubbornly returned once more until he was carried away a third time with the remaining Jews following the destruction of the first Beit Hamikdash.

Rabbi Elijah Kremer, the Vilna Gaon (1720-1797)

The Kotel is the last remnant of the Beit Hamikdash in Yerushalayim.

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  • Our Torah teacher has reminded us many times that there is no idle words in the Torah. As it says three times that Mordechai was carried away, I would concur that he must have been carried away three times.
    I’m still left to wonder why he didn’t return to Y’rushalyem when the opportunity presented itself….
    Baruch Hashem.


Esther 2:6

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