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What are the connotations of the 'Lamed' in "le'Shochni be'Socham"?

1.

Rashi and Rashbam: It means that Hashem took Yisrael out of Egypt with the intention 1 of dwelling in their midst.

2.

Ramban: It means that when Hashem dwells in thir midst, 2 they will know that He is their G-d, and believe that He took them out of Egypt.

3.

Ramban (citing Ibn Ezra): 3 The sole objective 4 of taking Yisrael out of Egypt was to dwell in their midst. 5


1

And the 'Lamed' in "Leshochni" means 'in order to ... '.

2

Since the 'Lamed' in "le'Shochni" is like a 'Beis' ("be'Shochni"), like we find in Shmuel 1,18:14, Ibid. 20:30 and in Bamidbar 20:24 (Ramban).

3

This appears to conform to the explanation of Targum Onkelos and Targum Yonasan.

4

In which case, the purpose of Yetzi'as Mitzrayim was in order to glorify Hashem's Name. See Yeshayah, 49:3 and Yehoshua, 7:9 [Ramban]).

5

Ramban: As Hashem told Moshe at the Burning Bush (Sh'mos, 3:12 [Ibn Ezra]). Because, according to Kabalah, the Shechinah dwelling in Yisrael is more for Hashem's sake than for Yisrael's, as is implied in Yeshayah, 49:3, Yehoshu'a, 7:9, and even more blatantly, in Tehilim, 132:13 & 14 (See R. Chavel's footnotes).

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