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1)

What is the significance of the double expression "ve'Im Lo Nitme'ah ha'Ishah u'Tehorah Hi"?

1.

Rashi: It means 'If the woman is not guilty on this occasion, and she is innocent from having sinned on any other occasion'.

2)

What are the implications of "Veniksah"?

1.

Rashi: It means that she is free from the cursing waters. 1

2.

Seforno: It means that she is absolved from the sin of Shevu'as Shav. 2


1

It is unclear as to why Rashi does not explain simply that she is innocent from sinning (See Pasuk 31)

3)

And what are the ramifications of "ve'Nizre'ah Zara"?

1.

Rashi: If she is used to giving birth in pain, she will now give birth with ease; if previously, she gave birth to dark-skinned babies, she will now give birth to babies with fair skin. 1

2.

Rashbam and Targum Onkelos: She will become pregnant.

3.

Targum Yonasan: She will give birth to a boy.


1

See also Torah Temimah.

4)

Bearing in mind that the Sotah contravened her husband's warnings, on what grounds is she now being rewarded?

1.

Ibn Ezra: It is in order to compensate the public humiliation that she suffered. 1


1

Bearing in mind that she is innocent of the sin that she was suspected of having committed, this more than atoned for the secondary sin of having contravened her husband's warning.

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