On the last Amud of Maseches Makkos, the three Rabbis in the story are inspired by the words of Rabbi Akiva and proclaim Maccoth 24b:

בלשון הזה אמרו לו: עקיבא, ניחמתנו עקיבא, ניחמתנו.

Said they to him: Akiba, you have comforted us! Akiba, you have comforted us!

Why the repetition of the statement?

  • See ktsirat haomer, kidush Hachodesh, A value of official approval. – kouty Apr 17 '16 at 6:56
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    Maybe related to the prophecy of consolation "נחמו נחמו עמי", where the midrash explains the significance of two types of consolations. See here for a Hebrew article on this subject. – Cauthon Apr 17 '16 at 9:26
  • For emphasis? [char] – mevaqesh Oct 23 '16 at 15:23

It is a way of expressing the emotive content / value of the statement. They felt it deeply and are inspired, as you said.

See for example the idea of diacope:

Repetition of a word with one or more between, usually to express deep feeling.


As Shakespeare's Tempest opens a terrible storm frightens those aboard a ship, of which one proclaims "All lost! To prayers, to prayers! All lost!"

  • This answer is logical but perhaps not sufficient to explain this case. May be that additionnaly to the main idea witch you have demonstrated, there is a desire to make a ceremonial manifestation. – kouty Apr 18 '16 at 6:37

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