hebrew
1)

What are the connotations of "Ho'alti"

1.

Rashi (in Devarim, 1:5): It is either a Lashon of wanting (goodwill) 1 or of beginning.


1

Rashi: As in Shemos, 2:21.

2)

Why did Avraham add that he was dust and ashes?

1.

Rashi, Da'as Zekenim and Riva: He pointed out that he would have been turned into dust by the four kings and into ashes by Nimrod (in Ur Kasdim), had Hashem not saved him. 1

2.

Seforno: Avraham was actually apologizing for his audacity in querying Hashem, explaining that He failed to grasp Hashem's ways because he was merely dust and ashes. 2

3.

Targum Yonasan: This was an expression of humility, in that Avraham considered himself as insignificant as dust and ashes. 3


1

He did so to evoke Hashem's Midas Rachamim,

2

Refer to 18:25:1:3.

3

Like Moshe and Aharon, who described themselves as nothing (See Rashi, Va'eschanan, Devarim, 7:7), and David ha'Melech, who compared himself to a worm (in Tehilim, 22:7).

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