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1)

When exactly, will they ask what they will eat in the seventh year?

1.

Ramban: They will pose their question in the seventh year. 1

2.

Seforno: They will pose it in the sixth year. 2


1

Refer to 2:20:3:2.

2

Refer to 25:20:3:3.

2)

If they were not permitted to plant, how can they say "ve'Lo Ne'esof es Tevu'aseinu"?

1.

Rashi: it refers to the wine, fruit of the trees and the Sefichim.

3)

If Yisrael enjoy a triple-harvest in the sixth year, what exactly is their problem?

1.

Rashi: It is in anticipation of the people's concern as to what they will eat in the Shemitah that He reassures them that the sixth year will yield a triple harvest to last until the eighth year. 1

2.

Ramban: The Pasuk is speaking about the seventh Shemitah of the cycle, and they are concerned 2 that, if they eat what they have i the seventh year, what will they eat in the following year, which is Yovel! 3

3.

Seforno: Anticipating the people's lack of faith 4 in the qualitative powers of the fruit, 5 Hashem reassures them that, they will also enjoy a bountiful quantitative harvest in the sixth year, which will suffice for the sixth, seventh and eighth years. 6


1

Refer to 25:21:1:1*

2

Ramban: To which Hashem replied that, under these circumstances, He will bless them in the sixth year with sufficient for three years - Shemitah, Yovel and the year after Yovel. It is not clear however, how the Pasuk can then state that they plant in the eighth year, which is the Yovel?

3

Refer to 25:20:1:1.

4

Which are not initially discernable.

5

Refer to 25:20:1:2.

6

Seforno (on Pasuk 21): So that they will have the satisfaction of seeing the abundance of food with their on eyes.

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